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Welcome to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Cultural Launch Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism launched its Greater Blue Mountains Aboriginal Cultural Experience Guide in October 2012. Embracing cultural information from the six Aboriginal language groups of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this draft document brings together the Darkinjung, Darug, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wiradjuri and Wonnarua language groups to explore opportunities to share their authentic experiences with locals and visitors.

Centenary of the death of Gundungurra elder on 13 November 2013 by Jim Smith This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Supplementary Volume, (MUP), 2005 William (Billy) Lynch (c.1839-1913), Aboriginal community elder, was born near Bannaby (Bonamby) station, south of Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales, reputedly the son of Maurice Lynch (c.1819-1888), an Irish-born, convict shoemaker and bagpipe-repairer, and a Gundungurra mother whose name was not recorded. In his boyhood, Billy moved with his family to the Hartley district, where his attendance at a blanket distribution at the courthouse is recorded on 3 May 1841, his Aboriginal name given as Mawiack. For some years he worked as a guide and police tracker in western New South Wales and near the Lachlan River, later as a shepherd on Dalziel's Rosevale property in the Kanimbla Valley. Between 1862 and 1875 he and his wife Rose Anna Fisher—who was also known as Fanny Page and had been born about 1850 at Hartley—had six children: William, Emily, Fanny, Joseph, Rosie and James. The youngsters were also given Gundungurra names. In 1887 Joseph applied for a conditional purchase of a 40-acre (16 ha) lot on the Cox River, where the family lived for the next ten years. Peter and Jane O'Reilly, early settlers of the Megalong and Kanimbla valleys, knew them well.


The O'Reillys' son Bernard included a number of reminiscences of Billy's family in his memoir, Cullenbenbong (Brisbane, 1944). The Lynchs participated in the community life of the Megalong Valley and the developing town of Katoomba. Billy tracked down lost tourists and sold bush honey, rabbits and possum-skin rugs in the town. In 1889 it was reported, probably sarcastically, that he planned to open a delicatessan for travellers on the Six Foot Track. He and his sons played in the all-Aboriginal cricket team, Coxs River, against the valley's settlers' team. In 1896 a journalist from the Sydney Mail described Lynch as 'an active clear headed intelligent veteran of Parkesian appearance'. The published interview was a poignant record of environmental and social changes in the Blue Mountains. As settlement of the Blue Mountains valleys intensified, the Gundungurra people found access to traditional food sources difficult and they became more reliant on the settler economy. From 1893 a fringe encampment had developed around the Nellies Glen shale mine, where there was casual work. The mine's closure in 1897 led to a migration of Aboriginal families to Katoomba, where they settled in an unoccupied gully in the upper part of Kedumba Falls Creek. Lynch, then the oldest and most respected Aboriginal

person in the region, probably played an important role in helping to establish a viable Aboriginal community in the gully, relatively independent of control by the Aborigines Protection Board. Fanny died in 1900. The Katoomba gully settlement was accepted and respected by the nonAboriginal people of the town. William Lynch died there of 'senile decay' on 13 November 1913. After a Catholic service, his body was transported by bullock cart to an ancient, Aboriginal burial area in the Megalong Valley. Here he was buried upright in the traditional Gundungurra manner, on a spur overlooking Megalong Creek. This acceptance by Lynch of the burial rites of two cultures symbolized his life of reconciliation and adaptation in a world that changed dramatically in his lifetime. Survived by two sons and two daughters, he also had twenty-two surviving grandchildren and by 2005 there were hundreds of proud descendants. The same land title held by Billy, as possibly the first Aboriginal to own land, is now owned by Willi-Joy Sirks. She is proud to operate The 6 Foot Track Eco Lodge and to also to offer refreshments, just as Billy did, to those who walk the same track. There are places sacred to the Gundungurra people in this area and Willi respects the original owners of this ancient land.

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The lodge is located along the well known 6ft track which runs between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves, partially along the beautiful Cox's River. The lodge is perched on a hillside meters away from the 6ft track. This astounding lodge provides inexpensive and comfortable accommodation for up to 28 people. Whether you're hiking and staying overnight, or planning a longer, recreational getaway, the 6ft track lodge is sure to maximise the simple pleasure of being close to nature. The lodge is comprised of two cabins and a galley, joined by a large timber deck. The cabins are fully equipped with clean warm bedding and heated by slow combustion fires for a comfy night's sleep. Cooking facilities include a gas BBQ, pizza oven and a three burner gas cook-top. Cookware, cutlery, utensils and glassware of finest quality are supplied. Clean, fresh water is supplied by 3 x 5,000 litre tanks. For people requiring a guided tour along the track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves, please visit multi award winning or contact Mark Norek at Catering, function and transport services are available, $35 p.p. per night. 10% Pensioner discount for groups of 10 or more. Special Offer: 3 nights for the price of 2 when you have no special requirements. Maximum one free night per stay. Access: Six ways to get to the lodge: • A six hour downhill walk from the Explorer's Tree, Great Western Highway, Katoomba. • A two hour walk along the track from Megalong Road, Megalong Valley. • A mountain bike ride down Megalong Valley Road, then onto the Six Foot Track.

• Pick-up from Katoomba or Blackheath by arrangement with lodge staff. • A two hour drive from Katoomba via Mount Victoria and Cox's River Road (For 4 wheel drive vehicles only!) • From Jenolan Caves via the Black Range, along the Six Foot Track. Safety Requirements: Even though there are two First aid kits at the lodge, each person is required to carry a small first aid kit. There is NO mobile coverage at the lodge, for your safety each group must have one Emergency Beacon. EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) can be picked up from Katoomba Police station or The Parks and Wildlife centre. It is a good idea to phone and check their availability on the day of your booking. This is a FREE service. Special Requirements (minimum 6 people): Catering: When at the lodge, catering arrangements can be tailored to suit your requirements. For an extra $50 a day, all meals are provided. This includes a BBQ Dinner, a packed Lunch and a hot breakfast. Vegetarian food is available, please enquire before booking. You may: Self Cater • Have all meals provided • Or enjoy a combination of both. We also provide catering for large functions and special occasions! Please ask for a quote before booking (minimum 10 people). If you would like to book the entire lodge, you can do so for $600 a night plus catering and transport services if required. Transport services: (11 seater - 8 to 10 passenger) Toyota Troop Carrier Katoomba to Jenolan Caves: $50 per person, one way. (150km return) Katoomba to the Lodge: $50 per person, one way. (170km return) Blackheath to Megalong Valley Rd (Six Ft Track Crossing): Public Taxi from Blackheath Quickest and easiest way. Please specify your needs when booking.

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From the Editor January Happy New Year! As I write this we have had some snow in Lithgow Oberon and Jenolan in December so we may have another of our rather rare White Christmases in this region. I’d like that. After the fires have come and gone and other areas have seen more than their share of what are called natural disasters, it’s good to see so many wonderful things happening. Yes, I look forward to a better 2014 wanting us all to share better things. Our cover shows children descending along the track to the Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel in the Wollemi National Park. This spectacular area is open for business – in fact the road to Newnes has just been sealed. Why not visit the award winning Lithgow Visitor Information Centre for more information? This magazine has more on areas that are open for business after fires challenged the Blue Mountains. See page 21 for a story on Government action to stimulate business. Norman Lindsay Gallery, so much loved around the world, took many precious items from the Gallery when fires were lapping at their boundaries; now they have redecorated and are in the midst of many wonderful events – you can’t miss them! Nor the events at The Fairmont and the Carrington, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Scenic World, Jenolan Caves, in the Lithgow and Oberon region, in our National Parks and Gardens and art galleries, marching out


west as well as in the areas that lead up to us… At the time we were due to do the koala count, fires and other disasters were threatening our wildlife and now we have sightings in areas where we haven’t seen them in ages… While we cannot alter what has happened we can make the most of what we have and move forward! There are so many food wine music and art festivals we can’t keep up with them… These may be enjoyed on so many levels and indeed most of them benefit charities. Even if you take your pick of adventures, you are in this ancient land with its world heritage listed areas and unique ecosystems… look around you and drink it in… stay a while with us… consider what is most precious to you and enjoy it. Do have a wonderful time. We have plenty to offer to enable you to do this. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and check out our web for more information. Drive safely, take care, live and love well! Always make every day count…and good luck in finding your answers – whatever the questions!


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Accor stars at NSW Tourism Awards Held in the Grand Ballroom of Royal Randwick on 28 November 2013, the NSW Tourism Awards set a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry and publicly recognises the state’s finest tourism operators. Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, an MGallery hotel was awarded Best Business Tourism and Best Deluxe Accommodation capping off a milestone year for the resort as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. After completing a $12 million dollar renovation in 2012 which saw all guestrooms, public areas and facilities upgraded, and with further expansion plans in place which include the building of a state-of-the-art day spa, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains continues to go from strength to strength. General Manager for the resort, Bernie Boller, said winning the awards was a testament to the staff and hotel owners in bringing first-class service and authentic experiences to guests. Accor’s revered Homebush hotels,

Novotel Sydney Olympic Park and Pullman Sydney Olympic Park took home three awards, with Novotel taking out Silver Best Deluxe Accommodation and Pullman Sydney Olympic Park winning the Silver Business Tourism and Silver Luxury Accommodation awards. Since opening in 2008, Pullman Sydney Olympic Park has set a benchmark for luxury accommodation in Greater Western Sydney and along with Novotel, continues to be a key player in supporting major events to the Olympic Park precinct.

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SHAKESPEARE Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains the official hotel partner of The Leura Shakespeare Festival, is also the home to the Festival Bar, operating during the entire duration of the festival; a great opportunity to mix and mingle with cast and other patrons of the festival. And a series of special events, to further help your understanding and knowledge of our festival season, including insightful Directors Talk sessions to hear more from our directors about the plays and their inspirations. Or try a Shakespeare masterclass, one for adults and one for children, where we’ll equip you with all the tools you need to appreciate and understand Shakespeare’s work. Limited spaces available so reserve quickly to not miss out.



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Hills & Hawkesbury In March 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip set off to find more suitable land for agriculture and travelled up the Hawkesbury River as far as Dangar Island. He returned the following year and navigated the river to a point

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upstream of Windsor. Governor Phillip and his party reached this area by boat on 6th July 1789 and named it Green Hills. He was impressed with its farming potential and quickly arranged for food production to begin in order to relieve the shortages in Port Jackson. Governor Macquarie named the settlement Windsor in 1810. This was the start of the Hawkesbury Hills District, still a rich production area for food and a wonderful playground. Visit the Information Centres throughout the Hills Hawkesbury area for more information. Surrounded by 10 National parks an hour’s drive from Sydney, the area provides a wide range of recreational pursuits. Encircled by noteworthy national parks - Dharug to the north and east, Yengo to the north-west, Cattai to the west, and Marramarra to the south Wisemans Ferry is a rustic village on one of the country's most famous waterways.

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There is so much to see and do in the Hawkesbury – beautiful scenery, national parks, majestic rivers, quiet secret places, historic townships and heritage buildings. It is an easy drive one hour north-west of Sydney, making it an ideal Sydney day trip or weekend getaway. As a longer stay destination, make sure you take time to relax and experience what the Hawkesbury has to offer, including opportunities to visit galleries and artist studios or enjoy the rural atmosphere and buy seasonal produce direct from the grower. To help you explore the Hawkesbury at your leisure we can offer you directions for self drive tours which highlight what the area has to offer. Your journey begins at Windsor or Clarendon. Phone or email us for a free information pack:

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What to See & Do Macquarie Arms Hotel 1815 Windsor Court House 1821 The Toll House built in 1835 St Monicas Church opened in 1859 Richmond Court House 1877 Macquarie Schoolhouse 1819 Ebenezer Church built – Australia’s oldest church 1809 Check out Berowra Waters Go horse riding close to home Stay in a romantic B&B and get away from it all Walk the Great North Road, built by convicts in chain gangs Check out the local art scene Fish in the Hawkesbury River Ride across the river on the Webbs Creek Ferry Visit Wisemans Ferry Anglican Church Self guided tour of Wisemans Ferry, history and sites Bushwalk through Dharug National Park – remember comfy shoes! Drive across the Wisemans Ferry

Walk along the Wisemans jetty and spot the fish Visit the award-winning regional museum and Visit Hawkesbury Regional Gallery VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Historic Mungerie House Bellcast Road, Rouse Hill (off Windsor Rd) Phone 8814 6909

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Contemporary illustrations and cartoons from the Fairfax News room Cartoonists and illustrators are artists of a special kind. They not only need artistic talent, but also razor sharp intellect, humour, irreverence, and a thorough knowledge of their subject with which they produce witty images that can stop us in our tracks. A selection of some of the best will on show at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor throughout January. The exhibition of original drawings, digital prints and video includes national award winning works and showcases 14 of Australia’s most published and acclaimed cartoon and illustration artists, including Cathy Wilcox, winner of the 2013 Walkley Award, along with Simon Bosch, Matt Davidson, Andrew Dyson, Rocco Fazzari, Kerrie Leishman, Glen Le Lievre, Simon Letch, Alan Moir, Michael Mucci, David Rowe, John Shakespeare, John Spooner and Ron Tandberg. GOYA: LOS CAPRICHOS Also on show is Los Caprichos, a series of etchings by Francisco de Goya, who used the medium to expose and condemn corruption and foolishness in the Spanish society in which he lived. This exhibition is curated from the AlburyCity Collection. THE LITTLE MONSTER LABORATORY As a school holiday treat, kids are invited to visit the Gallery and get creative in The Little Monster Laboratory, a special space for kids stocked with art making materials just waiting to be made into ghoulishly great works of art. Wednesday 8 January Thursday 9 and 16 January Friday 10 and 17 January Two sessions each day: 10 - 12noon and 1 - 3pm $10 per child per session. Please wear clothes suitable for working with paint. CARTOONING WORKSHOP Sydney Morning Herald artist, John Shakespeare, will share some of his

cartooning secrets in this special workshop for young people Wednesday 15 January, 10 -12noon and 1 - 3pm $10 per child per session. Please wear clothes suitable for working with paint. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Deerubbin Centre (1st floor) 300 George Street Windsor Phone (02) 4560 4441 Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm Closed Tues and public holidays

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cuisine to delight the palate, with an emphasis on harmony with texture, flavour and visual balance. • Local produce – As a proud member of Hawkesbury Harvest we enjoy the opportunity to use local produce extensively in the menus. • Transforms day to night – By day, Sassafras Creek food and design is bright & light, spacious with picturesque views. By evening the restaurant transforms into an intimate & rich space. Day or night, be it a romantic dinner, celebratory feast, coffee catch up or tea for one, Sassafras Creek Food & Design provides an inviting space to tantalise your senses

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Banksia Yarns Located in the Magnolia Mall arcade in Richmond, Banksia Yarns offers an array of fine knitting yarns from lace-weight to chunky in a kaleidoscope of colours. From commercially produced to hand spun / hand dyed yarns, there is enough here to tantalise the tastebuds of any knitter / crocheter. Learn to knit / crochet classes start mid-February. Timetable available by the end of January. Book online or instore. In store, we have: • Australian & imported: wools / mohair / alpaca / cotton yarns. • Knitting & crochet: hooks / needles / patterns etc. • Knitting/crocheting classes & workshops (Phone for bookings). • Gift vouchers. • Tours & groups welcome (by appointment). Mon - Fri: 9:30 - 5pm Sat: 9:30 -1pm (Closed for Christmas / New Year. Reopen Tues 7th January. Closed Mondays in January)

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Where the River Runs – an exhibition of works by Lizzy Newcomb at Sassafras Creek Lizzy is a Sydney born and raised artist painting in a Naïve style, she is passionate about the Hawkesbury Valley and the river, especially in the Windsor and Richmond areas. This body of work “WHERE THE RIVER RUNS” was inspired by the Hawkesbury River and all the fauna and folk that visit her banks and ride upon her tide. Foxes, rabbits, insects and birds dance along her abundant banks. The many varieties of flora soften her edges, tea trees, flannel flowers and grasses are home to an endless list of insects. Once this mighty River carried supplies out here to Windsor and beyond and was the main mode of transport for people and cargo.

Lizzy has had successful solo exhibitions each year since 2006 along with many group exhibitions, competitions and commissions. Lizzy was invited to exhibit in Jerusalem last December at an International Naïve Festival and will exhibit in Malaysia in 2014. Lizzy is also illustrating her first children’s book with the well known publishing house, Walker Publishing/ Blackdog Books. Her paintings aim to capture the moments in life that make us smile or take us back to our childhood and evoke memories, they are enjoyed by children and those young at heart.

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Parramatta Parramatta was founded in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip as a western outlying farm colony of Sydney. Initially it was called Rose Hill and was renamed Parramatta, an Aboriginal word meaning “head of waters,” or “the place where eels lie down”, the year after it was proclaimed a town in 1790. It was incorporated as a municipality in 1861, became a city in 1938 and was expanded in 1948, 1959, and 1972 by the inclusion of surrounding centres. Now Parramatta is a city within Sydney’s metropolitan area. It lies along the 15-mile or 24-km Parramatta River, which enters Port Jackson harbour. The Parramatta River Cat ferry takes passengers from Parramatta to Sydney along the River. The River Cat is a scenic and relaxing way to explore the waterways . Ferries are cheap and certainly a fast and pleasant way to travel all over Sydney. There are many pleasant places to eat, shop and even go to the theatre along the Parramatta River, not to mention stroll, fish or simply relax. Parramatta is famous for a wide variety of retail and dining options! Parramatta has many historic buildings, including Elizabeth Farm (Built in 1793, it

Pioneer days come to life at Hambledon Cottage The life style of colonial Parramatta is revealed as soon as you step inside the cottage. You will see portraits of Elizabeth and John Macarthur; the desk where Reverend Samuel Marsden prepared his Sunday sermons: and listen to Beethoven music played on an 1836 square piano. A tour of Hambledon Cottage house museum including the Exhibition in the Lucas Gallery titled ‘Secret History of Nursery Rhymes’ is conducted by volunteers from Parramatta & District Historical Society on Thursday to Sunday 11am to 4pm. Group tours are by arrangement every day of the week. Society Library and Research Centre is also open most Tuesdays (check dates on 9871-3658). Members take delight in caring for the garden at Hambledon cottage with its significant trees such as the Bunya and Hoop Hambledon Booklet now pines. A number of English Oak trees give the Hambledon available - $10 Reserve an English countryside feeling, and provides welcome shade. The society holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday from February to November while the family history group meets on the first Saturday of the month. In both instances guest speakers deliver fascinating views into our heritage. Other activities include day tours of historic sites around Sydney, Candle lit piano long-weekend tours within New South Wales and extended tours to places such as Norfolk Island. Become a member of the dynamic society that is preserving the heritage of Parramatta and District through guided tours of beautiful Hambledon Cottage house museum in Gregory Place. AUSTRALIA DAY SPECIAL - Sunday 26th and Monday 27th Have a photograph taken with a guide dressed in period costume. FREE paper aeroplane making and flying to celebrate the first aeroplane flight from Penrith to Parramatta in 1911

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is the nation’s oldest surviving European building). Old Government House (Built in 1799, it is the oldest public building in Australia). Experiment Farm Cottage (Built in 1834 it is the site of the first land grant). Hambledon Cottage (Built in 1824 by John and Elizabeth Macarthur for Penelope Lucas, governess to the Macarthur children.The Kings School (1832). As Parramatta is once again becoming a more important city centre and larger business buildings are being built, fascinating pieces of Parramatta’s past are being literally unearthed. In the foyer of some of the new buildings you will see glass around what was discovered and in the Justice Precinct you will find the remains of the earliest convict hospitals on display. The Parramatta Visitor Information Centre can tell you more about where to find these or for more information visit www.

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Try the ferry. A beautiful way to get around a lot of places. Take a walk in Parramatta park with its historic gatehouse, ponds and Old Government House, the oldest surviving government building in the country, finely furnished. Check out Riverside theatres and restaurant. Take a walk along the river while you’re there. Visit Experiment Farm and Elizabeth Farm. Olympic Park is an experience in itself, close to Parramatta, on the ferry. Parramatta Farmers’ Markets, produce, arts, crafts and more. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 346A Church St, Parramatta Ph: (02) 8839 3311 Fax: (02) 8839 3301 Email: discoverparramatta@

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Penrith Valley

What to See & Do It’s always a pleasure to welcome visitors to Penrith Valley. It’s the harmony of urban and rural lifestyles, our rivers, mountains and lakes, great shopping, educational facilities, entertainment and diverse housing choices that make Penrith Valley a great place to live, work, visit and invest. Located 55 kilometres west of Sydney, Penrith Valley is the place where two of Greater Sydney’s most spectacular features converge. One is the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains; the other is the Nepean River, one of eastern Australia’s great rivers. These natural features give Penrith Valley a relaxed, rural feeling, with the benefit of city standard facilities available in the City of Penrith. Penrith Valley has a full range of activities and events to make your stay, enjoyable, relaxing and exciting. Try whitewater rafting, cycling, boating or have a picnic by the water. For some retail therapy explore the many markets, pick up a bargain at a factory outlet or visit one of our major retail shopping centres. For a cultural experience, take in a show or spend the afternoon at our art gallery. In the evening, check out the local nightclubs, the various live entertainment venues, a woolshed dance or the cinema complex. There is something on offer to suit all ages and tastes. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Panthers Carpark, Mulgoa Road, Penrith Open 7 days 9am – 4.30pm Email: Ph: 1300 736 836

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Visit the award winning Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a range of authentic experiences Visit the excellent Penrith City Library Enjoy a Family Astronomy Night at the local observatory Penrith’s riverside parks provide wonderful places for a family picnic

Attend a performance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Penrith RSL have an amazing range of performers Check out Model Park Open Day for model trains, planes, boats & cars in action Cruise on the Nepean River aboard either the Nepean Belle or Penrith Platypus Visit the Sydney International Regatta Centre 2000 Sydney Olympics’ venue


What’s on at Muru Mittigar in the School Holidays from January 7th - 24th

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DANCE WORKSHOP AND FACE PAINTING Traditional dancing with Uncle Mark Face painting with traditional ochre


PAINTING AND OUTDOOR GAMES Painting workshop with Uncle John Boney Fun games and outdoor activities


BOOMERANG THROWING AND NECKLACE MAKING Learn to throw a boomerang and make it return Create your own craft necklace to take home

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© David Barnes, Dept Mineral Resources, Glenbrook Creek

Lower Blue Mountains Across the Nepean River through Emu Plains, Leonay and Lapstone, travel west along the Great Western Highway to Glenbrook to reach the Blue Mountains Tourist Information Centre on the left of the highway. The start of the Blue Mountains includes the lovely villages of Lapstone, Glenbrook, Blaxland, Springwood and Lawson. This area features impressive waterfalls, swimming holes, national park walks and art & craft galleries. Blaxland, named after explorer Gregory Blaxland (1771-1852) provides the opportunity to examine Lennox Bridge. Built in 1883, it formed part of the Great Western Highway until 1926.

Springwood follows Warrimoo and Valley Heights and was the first town named in the Blue Mountains, second only in size to Katoomba. Faulconbridge follows, famous home of Norman Lindsay and the burial site of Sir Henry Parkes, the “Father of Federation”. Continuing higher are Linden, the smallest mountain community, Woodford of the Woodford Academy and the Bulls Camp, now a pleasant picnic spot and leash free area, then Hazelbrook home to Selwood Science. We then reach Lawson, named after explorer William Lawson (1774-1850). VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Great Western Hwy, Glenbrook Open Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5pm and 8.30am - 4.30pm Weekends and Public Holidays Ph: 1300 653 408


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When the fires were threatening Norman Lindsay’s Gallery & Museum in Faulconbridge end October 2013, there were a lot of irreplaceable precious objects under threat. It was decided to pack these and move them to safety. These actions led to the opportunity to reorganise the Gallery before reopening 2 November. Lindsay’s Café looked after firefighters and other workers throughout the emergency. The various businesses that look after the heritage and promote art and culture from this site are striving to continue their various missions and are very grateful to all who have helped in so many ways. I am amazed at how many wonderful events are proceeding from this site! Editor.

What to See & Do

Start at the Glenbrook Visitor Centre Do you know that the giant bolts in the rocks as you begin to climb the Mountains are there to stabilise the Lapstone Monocline ? The walking track from John Whitton Memorial Place leads you to the Knapsack Viaduct. (Lapstone) Bluff Lookout (on the boundary of Glenbrook and Lapstone) overlooks the Glenbrook Gorge and Glenbrook Creek. Adjacent to Warrimoo Station is Ardill Park, which has been recently relandscaped and is a great resting place for the family. Don’t miss the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Ride the Valley Heights Tram. Selwood Science is a must visit for all ages for fun fascination and information. Spend some time at the Norman Lindsay Gallery Museum garden and café for food for the soul and body.

The Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum A magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture and ship models displayed in the artist’s former home. • Landscaped Grounds  • Cafe • Specialist Print and Book Shop • Home of ‘The Magic Pudding’

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Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls, one of the most beautiful Blue Mountains towns, offers possibly the most spectacular bushwalks and views. Originally called ‘Weatherboard’ after the ‘Weatherboard Hut’ built in 1814, a year later the town was named ‘Jamison’s Valley’ by Governor Macquarie. In July 1867 the historic first railway journey in the Blue Mountains left Penrith station and travelled through to Weatherboard Station where the train terminated. It wasn’t until 1879 that the name was changed to Wentworth Falls in honour of William Charles Wentworth. The area known as ‘Kings Tableland’ offers

almost haunting views. Care must be taken within this area to preserve the ancient Aboriginal site, Kings Table. It has been calculated via carbon dating that the land was occupied some 22,000 years ago! Further west along the Great Western Highway on the north side is Pitt Park and the Wentworth Falls School of Arts. ‘The Bathurst Traveller’, later renamed ‘Weatherboard Inn’ was an inn Built in 1826 at Pitt Park. Charles Darwin, the renowned scientist was reported to have stayed here around 1836.

What to See & Do

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operators have made Bygone Beautys an official stop for all their passengers. Don’t forget your camera! This place is such a wonderful experience you won’t want to miss recording your enjoyment. Bygone Beautys is open 7 days a week (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day); open 10.00 am - 5.30 pm; last orders 5.00 pm, 4.30 pm for Traditional High Teas. Please book for Traditional High Teas. I adore their High Teas which are really something special and not just at weekends either. Bygone Beautys also serves great coffee, light lunches or snacks. Located in the picturesque Blue Mountains at 20–22 Grose Street in the village of Leura, the original c.1917 building presents beautifully, especially the extensively landscaped grounds facing the street. Visitors can purchase the estate jewellery

(gold, silver and diamonds), antiques, collectables and contemporary quality gifts scattered throughout the emporium. The proprietor of Bygone Beautys is Mr Maurice Cooper OAM, often referred to as "The Teapot Man", easily identified by his bowtie. The teapot collection was begun in 1974 and ninety percent of all items in the collection were acquired within Australia. The collection has now grown to more than 4,000 teapots, with 3,000 on display – and still growing!

You must visit Bygone Beautys. If you are driving up, turn left off the Great Western Highway just after Wentworth Falls at the big leafy sign to Leura for a bit of a scenic wander. So great is the appeal of Bygone Beautys that both major local tourist bus


With the numerous spectacular walks and views within Wentworth Falls, allow at least a day to enjoy the area at leisure. The Charles Darwin Walk is well sign posted leading from the Great Western Highway, and along Falls Road. It’s a superb full day walk from Whispering Pines to what the Gundungurra people call The Seven Sisters at Echo Point. Falls Gallery and Gardens - on Falls Road, two minutes from the Falls and lookouts

On the other side... Along the Great Western Highway at the first set of traffic lights travelling west towards Katoomba, on the left hand side you will see the historic Grandview Hotel. Here you can turn right at the lights into the main street of Wentworth Falls. Along Station Street you will find fine coffee shops and a thriving community atmosphere. Continue over the railway bridge into Blaxland Road and turn left into Sinclair Crescent which will lead you through a corridor of trees to the beautiful, ‘must see’ Wentworth Falls Lake. The lake offers something for everyone including picnic and BBQ facilities, safe swimming, shelter and a children’s playground. Be sure to look out for the friendly geese and ducks. Further North along Blaxland Road the golf enthusiast will find the 18 hole golf course of Wentworth Falls Country Club where you can experience a round of golf in the fresh clean air of Wentworth Falls.

The Falls Mountain Retreat The Falls Mountain Retreat is the Blue Mountains newest luxury hideaway. Hidden away in four acres of peaceful and secluded gardens on the edge of the National Park in Wentworth Falls, famous walking trails, waterfalls and breathtaking views are just a 200 metre stroll away. The style is warm, welcoming, and refreshing – the service friendly and informal. The Falls is Australian accommodation for the 21st century.

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mountain retreat The Falls is an award winning contemporary hideaway, nestled amongst acres of peaceful and secluded gardens on the edge of the National Park in Wentworth Falls. If you want to escape the crowds and are seeking something modern instead of yet another olde world option we are the getaway for you. Our location offers a sense of absolute seclusion and tranquility, with direct access to some of the best walks, waterfalls and views the Blue Mountains has to offer. We have a variety of stylish architect designed self catering studios and suites, all of which have a queen or king size bed, 2 person hydrotherapy spa bath, quiet airconditioning to keep you cool, open fireplace if you need to get toasty, 32”- 42” HDTV to keep you in the loop and much else besides. Swing past our website to make an enquiry or booking. Mention this ad when booking and we’ll throw in a complimentary late checkout on the house. Hope to see you soon!

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Leura Village You’ve reached what is now referred to as the Upper Blue Mountains, where cool climate plants are the focus of many a garden. Rivalling Katoomba as the most visited location in the Blue Mountains, Leura offers The Mall, a shoppers paradise alive with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, galleries.

THE SHIRT LADY Leura Country Casuals Aspect Arcade, Shop 2-3/166, The Mall, Leura Ph/fax: (02) 4784 1389 Email: 'The Shirt Lady'. Exclusive Australian and imported shirts and knitwear for men and women. Assorted knitwear (alpaca, possum and merino, lambswool, angora, cashmere, fine merino cotton) as well as scarves, gloves, coats, jackets and vests. Long sleeve, short sleeve and three quarter sleeve shirts. Widely considered to be the best shirt shop in Australia. Worth a visit! You will not be disappointed. Bygone Beautys has something for everyone from refreshments to die for to the most amazing range of antiques and collectables that this place is a whole experience in itself. A range of exquisite yet affordable delights await you here. Renomee is the delightful cottage in the Leura carpark also accessible from 152 Megalong Street. They sell quality new and recycled unique clothing, specialising in contemporary recycle and one-off. Pauline also stocks a superb range of Japanese kimonos and haoris. There are designer shoes and accessories as well. With new stock arriving regularly, the shop is simply a delight and inspiration. I have found stunning new designer outfits here as well as some old favourites at very affordable prices. Megalong Books has the most amazing range of the most amazing books on so many subjects I keep wondering how they do it! The staff are also so knowledgeable and helpful. Come to Leura just for fun or for some really serious bargains… but come you must… it is so special!

What to See & Do

Toy and Railway Museum, located within Leuralla mansion. The museum features Australia’s largest collection of toys, dolls, teddy bears and model railways, located on the corner of Olympian Parade and Balmoral Road. Opposite the Toy and Railway Museum is Olympian Park featuring a natural amphitheatre with spectacular views. Gardens, Shopping, Food and Art! Awesome views from Sublime Point Leura Cascades along Cliff Drive is a peaceful setting for a family picnic or BBQ From the Cascades you can leisurely walk to several waterfalls including Leura, Linda, Lila and Bridal Veil Falls. You can also walk to Copelands Lookout and Flying Fox Lookout. Mount Hay Road takes you to the beautiful untouched Mount Hay region Along Cliff Drive, bush walks can lead you to the Pool of Siloam and Lyrebird Dell while the famous Prince Henry Cliff Walk will take you to the spectacular Katoomba Falls.

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Katoomba Katoomba has something for everyone: entertainment, art galleries, restaurants, trendy cafes, shopping, antiques and collectables, walks and activities, not to mention its being surrounded by ancient natural beauty. The Seven Sisters Of the Gundungurra people commonly referred to as The Three Sisters may be viewed from Echo Point. Many bushwalks start from this point, including the Three Sisters Walk and Giant Stairway. In town, you’ll find an array of boutiques and all seasons clothing, as well as cosy dining experiences to suit all budgets and tastes.

What to See & Do Visit Echo Point Visitor Information Centre for information and views. Make time to absorb the wonders of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre with its City Art Gallery, amazing interactive World Heritage Exhibition, Katoomba Library and the ever changing vistas from the viewing platform. An amazing range of programs, exhibitions and events as well as the Cultural Centre Shop and Café. Stay with us to enjoy our award winning area Visit Trolley Tours to book a great tour of your choice maybe including Jenolan Caves or even a horse ride.

Enjoy the art and culture walk. Eat in fine-dining restaurants or have coffee and cake in Art Deco cafés. Take a guided bushwalk, a 4WD drive, or learn to abseil – all in the splendour of this majestic wilderness area. Explore the thriving local art scene. Visit the renovated Scenic World VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Echo Point Rd, Katoomba Open 9am - 5pm daily (Closed Christmas day) Phone: 1300 653 408

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Lost Bear Gallery A fearsome predator or simply lost… A larger-than-life sized polar bear is the proud guardian at the appropriately named Lost Bear Gallery. Is he searching for a colder climate? Has global warming taken its toll? What inspired acclaimed artist Ian Swift to create this arresting


sculpture? Regardless, waiting inside is a gallery experience where the inherent beauty of the building’s architecture is matched only by the high calibre of works on display. This gallery oozes with the charm of a bygone era. Polished kauri floorboards, art nouveau leadlight windows, ten foot ceilings, wide architraves and old fireplaces are just some of the architectural features you’ll discover. Twelve unique exhibition spaces, together with an outdoor sculpture garden are home to an extensive art collection. But perhaps of most surprise is the way an eclectic mix of quality modern and decorative fine art has been seamlessly curated within this elegantly refurbished property. Pictured here are fresh new works with a summer theme by James Willebrant and Ian Swift. Come and discover Lost Bear Gallery, a leading destination for contemporary art in the Blue Mountains. Open daily from 10-5 at 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba. The gallery can be contacted on 4782 1220 or visit

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Willebrant.OurFriends.tif Our friends to the north  80cm x 104cm   acrylic on canvas by James Willebrant

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Experience one of the World’s finest cave systems with underground rivers and spectacular limestone formations. Coach tour departs Katoomba 9.45am. Daily (return to Katoomba daily by 5.00pm). Coach tour includes informative commentary. (Coach does not operate Christmas Day).

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A Devil of a time at Featherdale Featherdale Wildlife Park has recently welcomed the arrival of two Tasmanian Devils which will be thrilling visitors during special holiday keeper talks this January. The 2 year old brothers, Saxon and Vandal arrived from Peel Zoo in Western Australia and are part of the Tasmanian Devil Insurance Population. This vital programme has been developed to build a sustainable captive population of Devils, free from the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease which has decimated the Tasmanian wild population in the past two decades. DNA samples were taken before the boys departed for their new home at Featherdale. The samples have been sent to the University of Sydney for testing and will provide valuable information on familial lineage and may assist with future breeding programs. Whilst the two boys are not presently required for breeding, they will be important ambassadors for building awareness and educating visitors on the threat facing this

endangered species. Devil Facial Tumour Disease or DFTD, is a fatal disease first recognised in wild Devils during the 1990’s. Since discovery of the disease, sightings of wild Devils have decreased by approximately 70 percent. The Cancer is transmitted like a contagious disease and is characterised by large facial tumours around the face and neck. The Disease makes it increasingly difficult to compete for and, digest food, with most Devils dying within a few short months of tumours first appearing. The Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), in conjunction with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), are managing the Devil Breeding Programme and are working towards maintaining the captive insurance population of 550 Devils. This strategy may one day assist in re-establishing wild populations in Tasmania. Visitors to Featherdale can meet Saxon and Vandal and watch them duel over their dinner with school holiday feeding presentations taking place at 12.30pm and 4pm daily. Featherdale Wildlife Park is located at 217 Kildare Road Doonside, Western Sydney. The Park is open 9am to 5pm daily. Visit or call 02 9622 1644 for further information.

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Blue Mountains - Open for business! Lindsay’s Café in the beautiful surrounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum is starting to see visitors return as tourists begin to get the message the Blue Mountains has been shouting from the rooftops – “We are open for business!” The bush fires that flared in the Blue Mountains during October and November took a heavy toll on the communities directly affected but the misconception that the tourist mecca and all of its stunning attractions are unable to welcome visitors has also provided a huge challenge to the business community. Lindsay’s Café owner Cherin Johns was evacuated from her Faulconbridge business for nine days as the Linksview Road fire came within 30 metres of the National Trust property. Cherin says the downturn following the fires has been challenging but she is starting to see the results of a NSW Governmentfunded campaign to attract visitors back to the region. “If I didn’t have that support then I’d be

closed now. I’d be out of business,” says Cherin. “Blue Mountains Tourism has been fantastic and people like (State MP for Blue Mountains) Roza Sage have been fantastic by really promoting tourism in the Blue Mountains. So I really believe tourists are starting to return and we will be back to normal very soon.” Mrs Sage says tourism is the biggest industry in the Blue Mountains and one of her chief focuses during such a turbulent time has been to ensure her NSW Government colleagues are aware of the need to support the industry. A commitment of $150,000 by the State Government has already been made to promote the Blue Mountains and encourage visitors back to the picturesque region. “Tourism is our lifeblood here in the Blue Mountains so there are few more important things we can do than to ensure visitors know they can still enjoy everything we have to offer,” says Mrs Sage. “While much of the media coverage may have given

the impression the region was in lockdown, the truth is that almost the whole of the Blue Mountains remained accessible throughout the fires. “With the blazes now well and truly extinguished, visitors could virtually drive through the entire region without knowing the fires ever happened. It’s time to come back and enjoy the Blue Mountains.” Destination NSW is working with BMLOT to deliver the promotional campaign. It features a range of strategies to entice domestic and overseas tourists to the Blue Mountains. This includes features in BBC Travel and segments on Sydney Weekender and overseas travel shows. There has also been extensive online activity coupled with feature articles in major newspapers both in Australia and overseas. Lindsay’s Café is located in the grounds of The Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum (12 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge). For bookings, phone (02) 4751 9611.

Some Events coming at Norman Lindsays

L Cherin Johns Proprietor Lindsay’s Café, R Roza Sage Member for Blue Mountains

Life Drawing Summer Schools Monday 30th December 2013 to Thursday 2nd January 2014 and Tuesday 7th January 2014 to Friday 10th January 2014. Cost $290 per person. Includes 4 days, 9am-1pm of life drawing, tuition, models, use of easels and morning tea. Bookings essential on 02 4751 1067. Shakespeare at the Gallery 2014 Much Ado About Nothing - Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th January 2014. Jazz in the Garden - Saturday 22nd February 2014 Galapagos Duck led by larrikin Willie Qua will delight the audience. The gates open at 4pm allowing time to setup the picnic table and chairs, pop the Champagne and bring on the food with the jazz to start at 5pm. Bookings Essential. Call 02 4751 1067 or purchase in our online store. Follow us on Facebook


Go to new heights with Trees Adventure Grose River Park The whole family can enjoy the new Trees Adventure park at Grose River Park, Yarramundi with courses for all ages and abilities (from 4 years old). Trees Adventure is Australia’s premier eco-adventure experience. Their parks feature exciting and challenging courses high in the tree canopy that will have you swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest. Trees Adventure is the creation of French climber Nico Dansin and his business partner Marc Flaster. The duo adapted a popular European concept for Australia’s unique landscape, allowing thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before. Flying foxes – the longest more than 100m – zip between the trees at frightening speeds, while cargo nets, rope bridges and wooden obstacles offer physical challenges high above the ground. There’s even an airborne skateboard!

The courses become increasingly difficult as you climb higher into the canopy, which means that you can find the right level to suit you. For the most adventurous (over 13) you can find yourself up 25 meters above the ground. Trees Adventure's Grose River Park is located at the confluence of the Nepean and Grose Rivers in Yarramundi and is the biggest in Australia. All of the platforms are built on more

than 70 Sydney Blue Gums which border both sides of the river. It consists of 10 courses, 110 challenges, and 21 Flying foxes. Fully harnessed with state of the art equipment, this exciting yet safe experience will see you perched high above the spectacular scenery. Take the opportunity these school holidays to try this new and exhilarating experience. You can book your 2-hour trees adventure online at


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Biggest park of its kind ever built in Australia! More than 110 challenges and 10 courses. Guaranteed 2 hours in the trees for everyone in the family from 4 years old to 80+. Cruise in the air from tree to tree (from 2 to 25 meters). Fully harnessed with state of the art equipment.

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The Air Up There Vintage Tourism in the Blue Mountains 13 December 2013 - 27 January 2014 The Air Up There exhibition at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre explores the formative years of Blue Mountains tourism from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Explore a treasure-trove of material from the pioneers of Blue Mountains tourism, a 1902 De Dion Bouton motor car, vintage home movies, souvenirs, fashion, travel posters, stereographs, postcards and more. A unique look back on a pre-digital age of wonder! A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre curated exhibition.

02 4780 5410 I 30 Parke St Katoomba NSW 2780 Open 10am – 5pm Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm Sat & Sun 10am – 2pm public holidays (closed Good Friday & Xmas Day)

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The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop Gemstones • Minerals Crystals • Jewellery The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop is a fabulous place for gift ideas for everyone. They have the widest range imaginable of rocks, minerals, crystals, beautiful, valuable and useful objects that they are worth a visit at any time. Katy and Peter are helpful at answering your questions. You may well be amazed and pleasantly surprised by The Cedars.

The Cedars Gift and Rock Shop 7 Katoomba Street Katoomba Ph: 4782 6444

The “National” Ladies Go Kart Special Event


Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2014. The only Karting event in Australia exclusively for women & girls. Support from throughout Australia as well as girls from NZ this event is recognised by the sports governing body AKA - as an event of national importance. The event also raises funds for the National Breast Cancer foundation. So far the club has raised over $10,000. The Lithgow Karting track is one of the few club owned and operated purpose built Karting racing track and is situated on 26 acres with a large pit area and canteen facilities. Spectators are welcomed, come and enjoy a great day of action with some of the best Karting action and drivers in Australia. Cost: Donation to National Breast Cancer Time: 9.00am until 5.00pm

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63 Prince Edward St., Blackheath 2785 Telephone 02 4787 8534

Australia Day Celebration’s

12 noon-4.00pm, Lithgow Swimming Pool, Lithgow Pool will have a Giant Water Slide and children’s entertainment including a Circus School with a professional circus artist “Tee”. Learn juggling, hula hoops, spinning plates, flower sticks, balance and chinese yo yo (diabolo). There will also be craft activity and bracelet making workshop for the littlies! Location: George Coates Avenue, Lithgow


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Blackheath/Mt Victoria Blackheath at 1065m abve sea level is 114 km from Sydney and most famous for its November Rhododendron Festival. The Blackheath Rhododendron Gardens are in Baccante Street. The town’s shopping centre has a delightfully relaxed village atmosphere. Blackheath is filled with natural beauty and there are many breathtaking views and bush walks to experience. Blackheath is full of colonial history. The first building in Blackheath was "The Scotch Thistle Inn" erected by Andrew Gardner in 1831. The Inn was visited by the renowned scientist Charles Darwin in 1836. The site for "The Scotch Thistle Inn" was located slightly south of the present Gardners Inn Hotel. On the outside of the famous Victory Theatre antique centre is one of the town’s proudest displays, a colourful mural designed by local artist Jenny Kee and painted in 1985 by members of the local community on behalf of the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre. It has been recently refurbished by this proud community.

Mt Victoria Fast Facts Mount Victoria is the most westerly Blue Mountains township - 120 kilometres from Sydney and 1043 metres above sea-level. It is a small very charming historic village originally named 'One Tree Hill' on a map from 1834 - the name changed in 1876 when the first Post Office was built. There is a large number of historic buildings, including the Imperial Hotel -1878, St Peter's Church of England -1874, Closeburn House-1885, The Manor House, built by John Fairfax in 1876 and the Toll Keepers Cottage -1849. In Mount Victoria and close by you have Victoria Falls, Victoria Pass, Mt York, Bede's, Sunset Rock & Mitchell's Ridge Look-outs, beautiful Bushwalks and the Mount Victoria Historical Museum. Some of the Historic buildings are now beautiful 1st class accommodation facilities and  combined with their fine food and other restaurants, make staying in Mount Victoria another  must for your 'Top of the Mountains Adventure’

What to See & Do The Kanimbla Valley Walking Tracks, which take in Pulpit Rock, Bede’s Lookout, Reinitz Pass and Ross Cave. The array of buildings and boutique shops selling antiques, craft and bric-abrac The walking track that will take you to Victoria Falls. Mount Victoria Historical Museum located in the old refreshment rooms at the Railway Station. First release films at Mount Vic Flicks. Visit the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, at the end of Govetts leap Road, Blackheath. There is an interactive display of how the mountains were made, a theatrette and gallery. Open everydayexcept Christmas Day, from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Mt Victoria Museum

‘dare to be different’

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre

At the end of Govetts leap Road, Blackheath Open everyday except Christmas Day 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Phone: 4787 8877

Huge Collection of unusual Museum Pieces, well worth a visit!

Open weekends school holidays and public holidays

(except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

from 12noon to 3pm

Contact Jean Winston 02 4782 7866 26

• Skincare products • Locally made and imported jewellery and clothing • Games, puzzles and cards • Handbags, shawls and drapes • Candles • Exclusive gift lines

Phone (02) 4787 5573 22A Govetts Leap Rd, BLACKHEATH

The Victory Theatre, a site of great importance. The Victory Theatre Antique Centre is not only a haven of great food and hidden treasure but a site of historic and cultural significance. Located in Blackheath, west of Sydney, the centre was built by architects Hassel and Stockham in 1915. Its original use was as a cinema for local residents, acting as a source of recreation and entertainment for 45 years. In the 1900’s cinemas were erected in any space that could fit numerous amounts of chairs and people. As movie projectors and screens were transportable, cinemas began to pop up throughout numerous country towns. During this period in Australia, the majority of cinemas were built in a highly decorative manner. Classic examples of this can be seen in the exteriors of Melbourne cinemas with their elaborate facades, such as the Britannia and Majestic of Melbourne. Sydney cinemas in country regions were very simplistic and built only for their purpose, as is evident in the shed-like appearance of the Victory Theatre. In the 1960’s The Victory Theatre closed down due to declining attendance. In 1977 it was leased out as a junk yard, later transforming into the Victory Theatre Antique Centre, which still operates successfully today. The Victory Theatre stands out from its neighboring shops due to its sheer size as well as the exterior mural, which was painted by renowned local artist Jenny Kee in the 90’s. It is one of three original historic buildings in the town, built alongside the Gardener’s Inn and the Ivanhoe Hotel. When entering the building, two large doors open to the front cafe. Past the cafe lays the fabulous antique centre which houses 51 dealers who source a great assortment of antique furniture, fine jewellery, porcelain and china, Australiana, silver and vintage clothing. The Victory Theatre is commended as a place of “Aesthetic, historic and

social value for past, present and future generations”. When travelling up to the Blue Mountains, stop by to have a coffee or lunch, browse through the amazing space and visit the Victory’s eclectic mix of dealers and a large assortment of goods. You must put it on your list of things to see when next travelling through the Blue Mountains. Jana Byrne The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance 1999.

Largest Antique store west of Sydney with the greatest variety in the Blue Mountains Open 7 Days 10am - 5pm

Victory Theatre Antique Centre 17-19 Govetts Leap Road Blackheath Ph: (02) 4787 6002 Email:

Offering a range of specialised shoes to help problem feet feel comfortable Stocking: NAOT - Ecco Florsheim Hogl - Merrell Rohde - Gabor Josef Seibel - PindiereSandler - Rieker - Beautifeel open seven days 4 govetts leap rd blackheath (02) 4787 8263

The Imperial Hotel Mt Vic Excellent brasserie meals, Live music every Friday, Saturday night & Sunday afternoon, short stays, weekend and mid week packages are available to suit all budgets. Enquire about functions at the Imperial Hotel 1 Station Street, Mount Victoria. Ph: 02 4787 1878

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What to see & Do In 1863 Thomas Murray selected land that would later become the site of Portland and he established the first lime kiln on the corner of Lime and Villiers Streets. Both Portland and Wallerawang are blessed with two


- Beautiful 3 bedroom home. - Spacious formal lounge plus central heating & wood fire. - Country kitchen complete with double sink, electric cooking & dishwasher. - Open plan lounge/dining room boasting a beautiful outlook towards the north/west plus capturing the warm sun in the winter. - Large entertaining deck that wraps around the rear of the home. - 1000 sqm block, rear lane access, timber & tool sheds. - 4 bay lock-up garage complete with concrete floor, separate toilet, access door & two roller doors.

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historic public houses, schools, fascinating historic buildings, lakes and fishing streams, delightful little stores and friendly people. Portland is famous as the Town that built Sydney due to its Cement works and Wallerawang is famous for its Black Gold (coal) associations with Delta electricity. Portland’s Crystal Theatre hosts cinema as well as art shows and is famous for its street fairs. Portland’s big swimming pool has celebrated 50 years and Wallerawang’s historic old station’s heritage redevelopment has led to a florist, lolly shop, café and art gallery. With the art, lakes, history, fine dining and comfortable accommodation, it’s worth taking your time to explore these two villages. Visit Chris Woolcock at The Village Toymakers to watch him at work or arrange to join one of his classes.

The Visitor Information Centres have heaps of information on the range of local activities and accommodation - you may want to stay or come back again! Enjoy refreshments or a meal while you are here – plenty to choose from Visit Portland’s Bottle Kilns Marvel at the size of the old Cement Works of Portland Picnic by Lake Wallace which submerged where Darwin stayed Go sailing or rowing on Lake Wallace where no power boats are allowed Go bird watching at Lake Wallace and around Portland Investigate the Lake Wallace wildlife The Portland area is now well known to riders wanting to experience numerous exciting trails in State Forest areas within close proximity to Portland. Explore Wallerawang’s historic old church and school Collect antiques, art or local produce

Wallerawang Wallerawang was first surveyed 1823. In 1824 James Walker was granted a large tract of land that was called "Wallerowang" by the local aboriginal people. Charles Darwin stayed at "Wallerowang House" (later to become Barton Park) in 1836, and in the book "Voyage of the Beagle" he describes the area at the time and the wildlife that included a number of platypus. There was a huge increase in population in 1851 after gold was discovered in the area. The National School opened 1860. Shale oil mining began in 1867 and the railway arrived in 1870 with coal hot on its

heels in 1873. St John the Evangelist Church opened in 1881 as a memorial to the Walker/Barton family.

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Hartley & Surrounds

A step back in Time in Hartley The Hartley area provides a great insight into NSW settlement and early Australian History with some wonderful fully restored and operational historic buildings – in addition to the beautifully preserved buildings in Hartley historic village. Some of the historic buildings have been turned into elegant accommodation and licensed restaurant facilities and there are other new hide-away rural retreats.  Old stores have become new stores and more new stores have been built offering a range of services from rural supplies and local produce to cafes, wine bars, restaurants and take-aways, B&B’s, lolly shops, real estate agents who come and go, as well as some art and craft galleries and antique stores Hartley is situated at the bottom of Victoria Pass, on the Great Western Highway in the valley between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.

Step back in time within the Historic Village of Hartley, set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentiethcentury cottage gardens, the village’s lovely sandstone buildings preserve an important piece of history: the settlement of inland Australia. This Village is situated just after Little Hartley and just before the turn-off to Jenolan Caves. Seventeen buildings tell the story of the village, from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to Corneys Garage, built in 1945 of timber and iron. Explore the artefacts and family histories, find out about the region’s past at the visitor centre, or enjoy a picnic in the absolute serenity of historic Hartley. A new gallery and walking track have opened for visitors in Hartley Valley, Blue Mountains, bringing visitors a unique view of Hartley Village.


IF WE DON’T HAVE IT IN STOCK WE’LL ORDER IT Trading Hours Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5 pm Saturday 9 – 3pm Sunday 10 – 3 pm We are located right on the Great Western Highway in Hartley! The Hartley Saddlery 2264 Great Western Highway Hartley NSW 2790 02 6355 2165

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The new walking track has been constructed from the rear of the former Post Office to the granite tor overlooking the village. Visitors will be able to see Mount Blaxland as well as tour the nineteenth and twentieth-century cottage gardens and sandstone buildings. The Kew-Y-Ahn Aboriginal Gallery has been established in the former Farmers Inn and is a joint venture between NPWS, Arts Out West and the Heritage Division of the Office of Environment and Heritage. The gallery will promote the commercial sale of art by Aboriginal artists living in the central west of NSW. For more information on Hartley Village, visit the national parks website.

Hartley Saddlery Christmas promotions in store throughout November and December 3 RMW Angus shirts for $150 Buy 2 full priced RMW Women’s or Men’s shirts for $110 Summer rugs from $49.95 New season Twisted X boots from $139.95 Giddy up Girl Polos on sale $69.95 All winter gear reduced including vests Local wines available to purchase Gift Vouchers & lay-by welcome


HARTLEY VALLEY HOLIDAY FARM Your Holiday Home in the Country Just 90 mins drive from Sydney Own a share in 370 acres of prime land in picturesque Little Hartley

There’s nothing quite like Little Hartley Farm anywhere in Australia – in fact owners will tell you it’s the best kept secret on earth!

Buying a share in Little Hartley Farm gives you shared ownership of the property and its facilities as well as unlimited free access to the Farm’s activities including horse and trail bike riding. Meet new friends and give your family the chance to experience farm life whenever you like. Your share in the farm entitles you and your immediate family to year round access to Little Hartley Farm and its facilities including: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accommodation for 6 in your own self contained cabin (incl. kitchen and bathroom) Weekly riding lessons catering to all levels on the farm’s vibrant herd of horses and ponies Supervised trail rides through the farm’s beautiful bushland and open paddocks Friendly shetland ponies for riders under 7 years Day facilities for privately owned horses Enclosed riding arenas, round yard and jumps Regular gymkhanas, riding and horsemanship clinics with visiting instructors 26 acre competition standard dirt bike track • Regular dirt bike competitions 2 x cement tennis courts with floodlights • 20 metre swimming pool Camping area for tents and caravans • Recreation room with pool table and table tennis • BMX bike track BBQs and outdoor open fires • Communal kitchen/ dining room for events and functions Some private horse agistment available Enjoy accommodation in one of 30 comfortable, self contained cabins located in

• blocks of 5 on ridges around the farm. Each block enjoys stunning views across Hartley Valley to the Mt York escarpment - the perfect setting to unwind in • Little front of an open fire at the end of another happy day at the farm. • in life at the farm, or use it as a base from which to explore the Blue • Indulge Mountains and other local attractions such as the Zig Zag Railway, the Jenolan • Caves and the restaurants and wineries of the Mountains and Central West. • Hartley Valley Holiday Farm was established in 1977 as an Owner’s Co-operative, • and ownership is strictly limited. This is not a time share, you can use the farm as • often as you like. It is an affordable way for families to enjoy farm life in a safe and relaxing environment. The farm’s on-site Manager and his team look after • the day to day running of the farm so Owners and their families are free to relax • and enjoy their time at the farm. • Owners are more than welcome to bring guests to the farm who may then • utilise the horse and bike facilities for a modest daily fee. • For more information or to arrange an inspection of Little Hartley Farm, • contact the office or log onto the farm’s website.

Hartley Valley Owners’ Company Ltd. “Rosedale” 2187 Great Western Hwy Little Hartley NSW 2790 Phone: 02 6355 2244 Fax: 02 6355 2131 Web:

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Lithgow Lithgow is renowned as a learning City offering two Universities; a glorious valley set amidst mountain splendour. Lithgow is also rich in tradition and culture with diverse ecosystems. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal tradition, step back in time to an era where steam dominated transport and when industry was our backbone Discover Lithgow’s accessible wilderness. With tranquil vistas and serene landscapes, the environment is abundant in wildlife and picturesque mountain panoramas. Great for camping! The Lithgow region is nature’s playground. Canyoning and rock climbing, in areas ten times older than the Grand Canyon, are

The Great Outdoors Lithgow regional area has so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors, especially with the aid of the appropriate camping gear…we have award winning Visitor Information Centres to provide advice on activities and places to suit and challenge your abilities budgets and tastes while R&K Gas Supplies in Lithgow have a great range of

What to See & Do Location: At the front of the old Factory complex, Methven Street, Lithgow Open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:30am to 2pm Weekends, public and school holidays 10am to 4pm - Adults $10 Concession $7 Children $5 Family $20

Camp on the shores of Lake Lyell for wildlife encounters and speed boating. Visit the nationally significant Small Arms Factory Museum. Go bird watching, preferably with a guide. Visit the award winning wetlands to see how many different plants and animals you can identify. Take a helicopter view of this surprising area. Go on a tour with the people who have lived here for thousands of years.

products, complete with friendly qualified staff, to provide what you may need to complete the experience. They have clothing, a comprehensive range of safety and camping gear, can refill your gas bottles and have so many options for having fun that you really should check them out. They often have specials too. At the

moment the weather is so pleasant for a range of activities. In this area we are surrounded by lakes, forests, walking tracks, wildlife… you may even observe the area where our platypus inspired Charles Darwin at Wallerawang and go kayaking on the beautiful lake there to observe the plentiful birds. What are you waiting for?

Small Arms Factory Museum Our archives form a collection of national significance, being the almost complete record of the Lithgow SAF from its inception. The collections and archives give a unique insight into both Australia’s industrial history, and the factory’s glorious past as a first class manufacturing facility. Phone: 6351 4452

experiences never to be forgotten. There are also magnificent 4WD tracks to explore walks and bike tracks galore. The choice of adventure is up to you.

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Lithgow Free-range Meats – Your Local Farmers Market About Us Australia produces the best beef in the world, thanks to the hard work of local producers committed to raising the highest quality breeds. From this we are able to source the best quality and specification of beef as well as a wide selection of high quality pasture fed and hormone-free beef products. We also pride ourselves on growing our own range of Kanimbla Valley's best Wagyu and Wagyu cross under the Shogun Wagyu trademark. Through Lithgow Free Range Meats' long standing involvement with the local beef industry, we are able to discern the subtle differences between farming regions and beef breeds. To reach its maximum eating quality Lithgow Free Range Meats uses the wet ageing process on our beef to enhance the flavour. Our Beef Grass Fed v Grass Fed Beef Grain Fed Beef Grain fed cattle must be sourced from a feed lot accredited under the national feedlot accreditation scheme. Due to

months to reach that same weight; our fullblood Wagyu cattle take a lot longer than that. Our Breeds On our farm we use Straight Bred Angus sourced from local producers and raised by us, and our Japanese Wagyu Herd have been bred on farm from Tajima and Kedaka bloodlines. We use our Wagyu bull over our Angus cattle to get our first cross or F1. In the Blue Mountains we are on many menus including St Mounts Blackheath, Zest and Loaves and Dishes in Leura. We will be at the new Niagra Cafe in Katoomba. The owner chef is from Quay Restaurant in Sydney. For more details refer to our website or Facebook

the uniformity of the feed there is a consistency in the product. Grain fed cattle will yield a more consistent meat colour and can have high levels of marbling. Grain finishing or feedlotting, changes the omega 6 and 3 ratio from an ideal 3:1 to an unhealthy range of 24:1. Grass Fed Beef Are animals raised and fattened on grass. Grass fed beef tends to be favoured by Australians as it is healthy and low in fat. Cattle grazed on pasture absorbs carotene (a pigment in the grass) which can result in a yellow coloured fat. Feedlot cattle can grow up to 2kg per day and sometimes more. 200-220kg steers take only 100 days to reach 450kg. Our grass fed cattle by comparison will take a steer at least 9

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A new year at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden January flowering plants

Around the Garden

After a delightful spring, summer at the Garden brings visitors welcome relief as the hotter weather hits the lower altitudes. Nothing beats settling under a shady tree with a picnic, taking in the stunning views and contemplating the summer beauty of the botanic garden.

Explore the Blue Mountains wilderness on a guided tour outside, or inside at the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre where you can take a virtual tour through the canyons and big walls of our region. Heading back outside, why not take a stroll through temperate rainforest on the Lady Nancy Fairfax Jungle Walk - there are suggested walks of half an hour to all day with something to suit everyone.

The elegant, seldom-seen and rarely cultivated, native Plume Bush or Incense Plant, Calomeria amaranthoides, is usually provides an eye-catching avenue of feathery red flowers in January, as it forms a mass planting in a maze-like section of the entrance drive. In Victorian times, potted specimens of this graceful, two to three metre beauty were displayed in ballrooms in the hope of imparting aphrodisiac properties! So look out… Clothed in attention seeking rich pink blossom, the Dorrigo Waratah, Alloxylon pinnatum, turns heads. And, from Africa, the dainty shell-pink Pompon Tree or Basboom, Dais cotinifolia, displays its beauty in the Rock Garden, not far from the graceful wands of the Hairbells, Dierama pendulum and the clear, white spikes of the summer Hyacinths, Galtonia candicans.

Treat yourself (or someone else!) to a gift that’s a bit different at The Garden Shop. Here you can find botanic artwork and unique crafts by local artists as well as a large range of horticultural and botanical books. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view across the Garden to the Blue Mountains wilderness at the restaurant; picnic at one of the many scenic spots in the garden or cook up a feast on one of the free BBQs. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah also offers The Jungle Lodge for a secluded stay, weddings, workshops for adults and school holiday fun for the kids.

Garden Events Saturday 18 January 2014 (or Saturday 25 January 2014 if postponed due to rain) Bird Talk Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the birds that inhabit the garden and learn about their habits. Carol will give instruction on using binoculars and tips for finding birds before returning to the visitor centre for a discussion on bird identification techniques and how to get started as a birdwatcher. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding. 8 am – 11am. Bookings essential. Phone 9231 8182 or email foundation. or book online $25 includes morning tea. Entry to the Gardens is free. Contact details: 02 4567 3000 Email: Find us on Facebook

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Your Garden Mon – Fri 9 am – 5.30 pm. Weekends & public holidays 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah. T: 4567 3000 FREE ENTRY

Walking on the Wild Side ZOO sweep NSW Tourism Awards Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo are celebrating a major win for wildlife conservation after taking home two of the top honours at the NSW Tourism. Taronga Zoo claimed the coveted Gold Award for Major Tourist Attractions for the third time in four years, while sister zoo, Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo won the Tourist Attractions Award. Taronga’s General Manager for Marketing, Fundraising and Commercial Operations, Paul Davies said the double win was a testament to the zoos’ enduring appeal to local, interstate and international visitors alike. “To be recognised from a field of the state’s leading tourist attractions, destinations and events is a great honour and an endorsement for the compelling power of wildlife to inspire people of all ages,” said Mr Davies. “These awards are also a tribute to Taronga’s commitment to animal care, education, customer service and commercial management and an outstanding result for our staff, who present remarkable stories of wildlife to our visitors every day.” The Gold Award caps off an incredible 12 months for Taronga Zoo, which attracted a record of more than 440,000 visitors in three months with its innovative Dinosaurs in the Wild exhibition and highlighted the importance of wildlife conservation

and individual action under its new banner, “For the Wild”. “Modern zoos work hard to maintain the quality of their visitor experience and contribution to wildlife conservation and we’re very proud the innovations and initiatives we’ve implemented over the past year have been recognised at these important industry awards,” said Mr Davies. Taronga Zoo is poised to build on its success in the coming year, with the opening of its new Lemur Forest Adventure in mid-December and the completion of its community art project, Taronga Wild! Rhinos, which will see 55 Rhinoceros installed across Sydney and on a trail to Taronga Western Plains Zoo from February to April 2014.

Win Free Passes to either Taronga or Western Plains Zoo! Your iMag magazine has free passes to give away to both Taronga or Western Plains Zoo. For your chance to win one of these passes, simply send us an envelope with your name phone number and address on the back addressed to: “IMAG ZOO COMPETITION” PO BOX 602, LITHGOW NSW 2790

IMAG Zoo COMPET ITION WINNERs! Congratulations! !!

The family pass to Taronga Zoo Sydney has been won by V Hanlon East Ora nge NSW The family pass to Taronga Western Plains ha s been won by P Behrens Blaxla nd NSW

Presented by the Tourism Industry Council (TIC) NSW, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo in Central New South Wales. The Zoo is open every day from 9am - 4pm. For more information visit or contact 6881 1400.


Taste the Blue Mountains Piri Piri Calamari and Wedges using ‘Portuguese Powder Keg (Piri Piri seasoning)

‘We believe everyone has the right to access good, clean and fair food’ Slow Food is an international nonprofit association formed in 1989 as a response to the standardising effects of fast food and the ‘fast life’. There are now thousands of members in over 100 countries, divided into local focus groups called convivia, of which Slow Food Blue Mountains is just one. Three interconnecting principles define  Slow Food:  GOOD  - A fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture.  CLEAN - Produced in harmony with the environment and human health.  FAIR - Accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for smallscale producers.   To join, tap into local events or find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains, visit or email

Serves 4 Ingredients: Calamari: 500g raw baby calamari (cleaned and sliced into 3cm x 3cm chunks) 1 tsp Portuguese Powder Keg (Piri Piri seasoning) ½ cup sunflower oil Wedges: 300g Desiree potatoes (washed, skin on) 1 tbsp Sunflower oil Salad: 4 cups rocket (roughly chopped) 2 tbsp olive oil (good quality) 1 tbsp balsamic (good quality) To Serve: 1 lemon (cut into wedges) 2 tbsp Coriander leaves 2 lemons (cheeks reserved) Method: Cut potatoes into large (evenly sized) wedges and place on a baking tray. Evenly coat with sunflower oil and place in a (180 degrees) preheated oven. Bake for 20 mins or until crisp and golden. Meanwhile, pat calamari pieces dry with paper towel. Evenly coat with Piri Piri seasoning. Add sunflower oil to a hot wok then add ½ the calamari pieces and fry for 1 minute or until lightly golden. Remove from oil, drain on a paper towel and keep warm. Repeat with remaining calamari. While the second batch of calamari are cooking, gently toss the rocket, olive oil, balsamic then distribute evenly on plates. Place cooked calamari onto the rocket alongside a stack of wedges (seasoned with salt flakes), a lemon cheek and serve immediately.

Carrington Cellars wine match: Red: La Boheme (DeBortoli Yarra Valley) 2013 ‘Act Two’ Pinot Noir Rose White: La Boheme (DeBortoli Yarra Valley) 2011 ‘Act Thre’ Pinot Gris

REGIONAL WINE SPECIALIST Purveyors of Fine Food & Wine Located in the old Katoomba power station (just off Parke Street), our cellar specialises in Regional Wines, Boutique Beers and an International Deli. Many heritage features of the power station have been incorporated into the design. The cellar is available for private tastings.


ON PARKE STREET (AT REAR OF THE CARRINGTON HOTEL) The Carrington Hotel 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba 2780 T +61 2 4782 1111

Mamre House CafĂŠ

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Cafe closed 23December2013 - 14 January 2014

Our restaurant will be closed for renovations until late January 2014. Our function rooms are still available for hire.

Mamre House 181 Mamre Rd Orchard Hills

Phone: 9670 6178

The Grand Dining Room Carrington Hotel, Katoomba The Grand Dining Room is one of the last Victorian dining rooms operating in Australia. Sunday afternoons for Grand High Tea An age-old tradition, our Grand High Tea features a fine selection of finger sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes, scones with jam & cream, tea and coffee. Relax to the soothing sounds of our pianist and make it a memorable occasion. Every Sunday afternoon from 2:30pm - 5:00pm $32.00 per person

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Enjoy a relaxing Barista made Wood Roasted Coffee with Country style home cooked MEALS & Great Pies in spacious and comfortable surroundings while travelling. Open 7 days 7am to 7pm

15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Phone: 4782 1111

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$15.00 per child (under 12) $37.50 per person for Regal High Tea (includes a glass of Jansz Sparkling Wine)

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We serve Morgans Handcrafted Coffee and a range of Tease Teas Breakfast is served until 11.30 and lunch from 11.30 – 2.30. Enjoy our Devonshire tea and famous Mamre scones at anytime Bookings Recommended phone 9670 6178 Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 2.30 pm Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 4.00 pm Closed Mondays and Public Holidays

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What to See & Do

Be sure to call in to the Visitor Info Centre for information on all the wonderful things to see and do now e.g. weather, accommodation, activities, etc. The VIC has the extensive list of splendid gardens open during all seasons The VIC has 4 Cycling maps of the area with more being prepared, also info on Cycling Events Go trout fishing in Lake Oberon all year round. See the VIC for info on Fishing Season and licenses Try your luck sapphire fossicking Try mushroom picking, taking care to eat only edible varieties – the VIC has advice on these Go horse riding through the magically beautiful landscape Explore the wild places by 4WD Evans Crown Nature Reserve and Kanangra Walls offer both relaxing and challenging walks BATHURST



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You MUST make time for multiaward winning Jenolan Caves, the most spectacular limestone caves in Australia, maybe stay there - the beauty above and below ground is inspirational. Get the app!

Summer Fairyland Summer in Oberon is for the Fairies for sure! Come and join them for a truly great range of magical experiences to suit any taste. There is accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in the area and surrounds. There are activities from the most thorough unwinding and romantic to extreme challenge, with award winning visitor centre staff to assist you with your choices. The gardens and fresh produce are at their best, the fish are biting, mushrooms and gems are waiting to be found… This summer is Fairyland at its best so come on up!


At 1,113m, Oberon is the highest town in the Blue Mountains region. It is the perfect hub from which to explore a multitude of unique attractions, towns & villages, including Jenolan Caves and Kanangra Boyd National Park. With four distinct, idyllic seasons and the most beautiful scenery in rural NSW, a visit to the region will reward & delight. Oberon is surrounded by interesting villages and National Parks. Jenolan Caves, Kanangra Boyd National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and Abercrombie River National Park are in the shire and contain spectacular scenery.  Oberon can be used as a base from which to undertake day trips to the various villages and attractions within the region. Oberon is best known as a character in Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and you’d be forgiven for thinking, as you drive into the town of Oberon at the moment, that you were entering that play.

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Bob and Sally Parrington Modern Airconditioned Ensuite Cabins, 7 Cunynghame Street and PO Box 97 Oberon nSw 2787 Large Powered Unpowered Sites, Telephone 02 6336 0344 Amenities and Laundry, BBQ/ Camp Kitchen Facilities, Swimming Pool adjacent, Indoor Tennis Court Hire, Jenolan Caves Tour Bookings, Children’s Playground at the entrance to the Park

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MagneticTriple Awards for Jenolan Caves Jenolan Caves have been a magnet for tourists since 1838, today at the cutting edge of cave tour development and innovation. They’ve drawn on technology, imagination and guest feedback, refreshing how visitors experience the caves, to meet today’s high expectations. Jenolan Caves emerged a star performer in 2013’s NSW Tourism Awards, winning gold, silver and bronze in the State’s most prestigious tourism honours. Jenolan won gold for the fourth year in a row, for Culture & Heritage, Written in Stone, while Macic of Jenolan won silver for Tourist Attractions and Ancient Underground won bronze for Ecotourism. The Jenolan Caves form a spectacular natural wonder on the western edge of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area as one of the world’s oldest and finest cave systems. Visitors can explore any of 11 huge show caves or take part in adventure caving, ghost tours, night tours, kids’ tours, bushwalks and underground performances. Facilities include a hotel complex and three eateries. The gold award for Heritage & Culture, entering the Hall of Fame, is a tribute to the way Jenolan has integrated its unusual history and contemporary culture into memorable underground activities. The caves have become a unique venue for musical concerts and theatrical performances. Their ongoing award for Eco-Tourism recognises the growing demand for nature-based destinations to encourage environmental awareness. Jenolan has taken great measures to reduce its carbon footprint and ensure the caves’ protection for future generations. Few people know that in 1889 Jenolan built Australia’s first green energy hydro-electric system. Jenolan’s continuing to win awards for Adventure Tourism acknowledges Jenolan’s adrenalin-pumping programs, offering underground activities for beginners and veterans alike in this ever-competitive swelling market. Find Jenolan Caves’ new and enhanced activities on their website, www. Jenolan offers a free smartphone app, featuring audio information, images, maps, Aboriginal artwork and self-guided tours. There has never been a more exciting time to visit Jenolan Caves, with even greater plans for the future. If you haven’t visited for a few years, it’s a great time to come back with the family and see how one of our national treasures is evolving.

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Bathurst Region Bathurst = Family fun Get away from it all in the Bathurst region. Experience life at a different pace where you can visit historic villages and limestone caves, enjoy a break by the water, take a walk in the bush or simply explore the natural surroundings. Bathurst has a wide variety of family friendly accommodation ranging from hotels and motels to selfcatering and farmstay. Rates vary and so do locations. Feeding everyone is no problem either with great venues offering good hearty food at reasonable price. An added bonus in some establishments is a children’s playground to keep the little ones entertained while the grownups relax. There’s entertainment for all at the cinema complex, ten pin bowl, tennis centre, aquatic centre and adventure playground. Parks and gardens throughout the city and surrounds provide great spots for picnics and barbecues so it’s easy to


find somewhere to go and enjoy the outdoors. Bathurst Visitor Information Centre can provide you with great ideas on how to fill your days when visiting, places to stay or eat and what’s happening. Ideally located on the Sydney side of Bathurst at 1 Kendall Avenue where there’s plenty of parking, room to run around, a café and public toilets. Call in and see the friendly staff who will be happy to help you get the most out of your stay. Give them a call and ask for a copy of the school holiday brochure packed with interesting things to do. Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

What to See & Do Revel in the delights of Bathurst’s wonderful adventure playground Meet T-rex at the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum View wonderful artworks at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Visit one or all three of our diverse historic homes – Abercrombie House Chifley Home or Miss Traill’s House & Garden Drive the renowned Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit and on the second lap don’t forget to enjoy the view from the top Discover the history of motor racing at the National Motor Racing Museum Splash up a storm at our aquatic centre Listen to the Carillon bells while enjoying fabulous, locally made icecream Visit a village and soak up the rich history Explore the underground secrets at Abercrombie and Jenolan Caves

Barcoo’s Barn Farmstay We would love to welcome you to Barcoo’s Barn Farmstay with your family. A visit to Barcoo’s is all about interaction and activities with our animals & general farm life. Not so many years ago nearly every city family had country cousins that they would visit and get to experience some fun farm life – Ken and I grew up on farms and this was certainly true for us, always city cousins coming up for holidays!! – Come and be our city cousins, have lots of fun and explore The Central West/Bathurst region (we are 10 munites from Bathurst CBD on a sealed road). Whilst you are here, drive Mt Panorama, visit Abercrombie Caves, bring your fishing rod and catch a fish at Ben Chiefley Dam, enjoy our local wineries and lots more. We are half way between Sydney and Dubbo Zoo and lots of travellers break the trip with a stay here on their way or heading back home. School holidays are our most popular times to visit with many repeat guests having their favourite time to return, depending on farm activities at the time.

These repeat guests become just like our city cousins from years ago, special friends. We were very honoured recently to share Chinese NYE celebrations. Wow! WARDELL FARMHOUSE AT BARCOOS. Wardell Farmhouse has been available for guests from 15th October 2013. We have just had it painted throughout there have been some interesting finishing touches to make it a unique place for families and groups to enjoy. One group has made a table with photos of their stays while another left a memento of their stay at the recent V8 event… we have some lovely visitors. There are 5 bedrooms and it sleeps up to 10, so is ideal for perhaps 2 families or a group of friends to have a fun break. Minimum 2 nights stays. Tariffs are the same as for the units until 20th of December 2013, with a minimum 4 person occupancy.

Wardell Farmhouse is steeped in history, being built in the 1880's and lived in by Farmer Ken's family forever!! The farm is called “Wardell”, in honour of Dr Wardell to whom it was granted by Governor Darling in 1824.. Dr Wardell was a Doctor of Law. He was the first free barrister to operate in the NSW Supreme Court. One man whom he prosecuted was sufficiently angered to murder him, in the bush at Petersham and he never got to take possession of Wardell. The Hamer Family had squatted here in the meantime and when Dr Wardell's estate was settled they bought the parcel of land that remains in the family to this day. Do your children love animals but because you live in the city they do not have the opportunity to interact with them? Bring them up here, for the time of their lives!

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Barcoo's Barn Farm Stay has 2 self contained units plus caravan, motorhome and camping Facilities. Our units are great for families or groups sleeping from six to nine people in 2 bedroom units, each with their own outdoor dining areas and barbeque. We have a fun, farm themed onsite caravan that sleeps 4 (queen bed and 2 single beds). A visit to Barcoos is all about experiences & fun on a farm in a safe, friendly environment.


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What to See & Do Orange, known as Australia’s Colour City with its four distinct seasons is located in Central NSW, 3 ½ hours from Sydney and within easy reach of the Blue Mountains. You will discover a welcoming city full of life, fruitful landscapes, historical buildings, diverse shopping, art and culture to surprise you and some of the best food and wine in Australia. Continuing to build its reputation for cool climate wines renowned for the regions flavour and quality and now

supports more than 30 cellar doors. It is Australia’s cool climate wine region where the topography ranges from Mt Canobolas at 1,395 metres down to around 600 metres. The combination of distinct seasons, rich soils, climate, sloping ground and glorious sunlight cause a slow maturation and ripening allowing a great intensity of fruit. Begin your journey into another country: Orange, the highest altitude wine region in Australia.

More to meet the eye at Lucknow Lucknow 8 klm east of Orange is a 60 klm speed zone and a great place to stop and explore off the beaten track. It is full of history and you never know what treasure you may find at 2 Fat Ladies, especially now they are so much larger! Local art is on display and for sale in the café and coffee shop area.

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Take a vignerons tour around the 30+ cellar doors. Ascend majestic Mt. Canobolas, walk to the spectacular Federal Falls then try out your canoe at Lake Canobolas below. Pleasure your palate with the wonderful fresh food and produce that abounds in Orange and its districts. Take a trip into the eerie limestone world of Tunnel Cave at Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve – take a torch. Visit the Orange Regional Gallery for an collection of unique art, photography and culture. Shopping choices abound in the City and surrounding shires to suit all tastes and budgets in fashion, antiques, homewares, arts, tools, jewellery, books, gardening and agriculture… the list is endless… VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Orange Visitor Information Centre 8.15am to 5pm Mon to Fri Corner Byng St & Lords Pl Orange NSW Phone: 02 6393 8000 - 1800 069 466 E:

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Beading workshops regularly Vigorella! Fab New Clothes for all sizes. Exciting new stock arriving daily! Great new handbags! New international gift lines, quality children’s lines and new season’s wear. Mitchell Highway, Lucknow 2800 Ph: 6365 5437


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program fortochildren Saturday 6 July Sunday 18from August6 weeks to 5Contemporary years old (and their parents!), taught Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the by teachers who have successfully Dobell Prize for Drawing completed at least a 3Byng yearStreet, tertiary Orange Regional Gallery, Orange Enquiries: 6393and 8136undergone extensive qualification and ongoing GymbaROO professional Tuesday 30 July to Sunday 4 August development. Orange Frost Festhas Art Exhibition Our progam been running in Launch: 6pm Thursday, Australia for 30 years. Over 10,000 10am-4pm daily. Orange Function Centre, children attend Gymbaroo every week Eyles Street Enquiries: 6360 1990 in Australia. Tuesday 30 July to Sunday 4 August Art Exhibition & Studio Tour at Colour City Creatives 10am-4pm The Barracks, 2b Peisley Street, Orange Enquiries 0428 565 124

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Molong The meaning of the word Molong is “Place of Many Rocks” but Molong has many more attractions than rocks! Molong is a comfortable 4 hour scenic drive from Sydney and is the starting point for the now well known “Animals on Bikes” trail on the alternate route from Molong via Cumnock & Yeoval to the Dubbo Zoo. Charles Henry Packham (1842-1909) was a pioneer settler of Clifton Molong, who developed the Packham Pear. The Packham Pear is one of the world’s most popular varieties and is exported all over the world. The main street, Bank Street is Heritage Listed as are the Railway Station, Court House and many other beautiful buildings throughout the town. Settlement of Molong started with a stockade in the mid 1820’s, the rail arrived in 1886 and until 1893 was the terminus for all trade further west. Fairbridge Farm opened in 1937 as an agricultural school to assist children affected by poverty and neglect, closing in 1973. Today it is private property however as a tribute to former ‘Fairbridgians’ you will pass through the Fairbridge Remembrance Drive on the eastern entrance to town. The Molong RSL Club is home to a unique collection of commemorative artworks, The Servicemen and Servicewomen’s Portrait Gallery by Anne Marie Ingham depicting local identities in a tribute to their contribution in times of conflict. Yuranigh’s Grave is a unique landmark located off the Mitchell Highway 2km east of Molong. A short drive down Yuranigh Road leads you to the burial site of Yuranigh, an aboriginal guide who accompanied Sir Thomas Mitchell on his 1846 expedition into Central Australia.

What to See & Do Visit the Yarn Market & Coach House Play a round of golf and experience our unique sand greens. Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque walkway beside Molong Creek where you may even see a Platypus Check out the action at the skate park Visit Local galleries like Jayes Visit Yuranigh’s Aboriginal grave Browse antiques and collectables for items of interest at local business houses View the Portrait Gallery at the RSL Stay 2 nights at the caravan park and the 3rd night is free! Try some local wines Take a drive through Cumnock & Yeoval and spot the “Animals on Bikes” paddock sculptures Don’t miss the Museum

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Molong Visitor Information Centre 79 Bank Street Molong Phone: 6366 8260

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Solid double brick and it sits on almost one acre of land, enough room for the alpaca or pony! The charm of wrap round bullnose verandah’s, cypress floors, high ceilings and mantles over the fireplace really add to the value. Colonial style kitchen with commercial gas oven combined with dining/family room area which overlook the back yard. Well fenced, equipped bore and just 30 minutes to the city of Orange. Owners are ready for their next project and have priced to sell

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Animals on Bikes Animals on Bikes is a 120km "Paddock Art" sculpture tourist trail located in Central NSW between Molong and the Dubbo Zoo, via Cumnock and Yeoval. This self-drive tourist route is FREE, OPEN all year and viewed from the comfort of your own car. Watch the 3 minute video made by Sydney Morning Herald (June 2011) about the sculptures on Animals on Bikes Facebook page. Animals on Bikes started as a series of

45 creative 2 metre high sculptures (and smaller letter boxes) - created by local farmers, farmers wives, Men's sheds, busdriver, Preschool kids, Playgroup mums - anyone with an artistic flair! That was 2009, now there are over 100 sculptures on display! This unique creative project will capture any traveler’s imagination, promote local tourist operators, showcase rural creativity and encapsulate the spirit of regional NSW. In February 2012 there were 111 sculptures along the 120km route to the Dubbo Taronga Zoo. There are even more animals and bikes now!

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Be Tempted at Barnsys! That couldn’t be more true! They make fresh food from fresh ingredients here for the hungry traveller. After a long drive I always enjoy my fish cooked to perfection with a delicious salad where I have my own home grown for comparison. They make their own cakes and many of the other menu items. They can also tempt me with ice cream now the weather is hotter. Service is with a smile and efficient. The clothing and gifts are not only good labels but also regularly on sale and you can check them out on Facebook. They have heaps of gifts at the moment! There is much to be tempted by here and plenty to see and do in the area while you are about it.


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◆ A rare opportunity to purchase a stunning solar passive home. ◆ Privacy, rural views and only minutes from town. ◆ From every room you can enjoy views of the established landscaped gardens and beyond. ◆ The sandstock brick veneer home features a large tiled entry, leading to a spacious open plan living area with a well appointed kitchen. ◆ Wood heater, R/C, plus several gas outlets and a ducted vacuum system. ◆ An office/retreat area has a purpose built office cupboard as well as TV points. ◆ The master bedroom has large built in wardrobes and a spacious ensuite. ◆ The other bedrooms have built in wardrobes and are separated by a three way bathroom. ◆ Rain water & town water, solar hot water, plus solar panels make this a very sustainable home. ◆ Outdoor entertaining area, covered vegetable garden, Greenhouse and potting shed. ◆ Large 2 bay shed with lockup 2 bay powered workshop and log cabin style woodshed. This is a must see property. Book your appointment with Kim Ramsey Today!

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What's On January Hawkesbury Regional Gallery To 9 February Goya: Los Caprichos (etchings) Ph 4560 4441 Deerubbin Cntr, 300 George St, Windsor

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The Hawkesbury International Sand Sculpting Championship To 26 January 10am-7pm Wander through the event and view the sculptures at your leisure. Vote for your favourite. McQuade Park, Cnr. George Street and Hawkesbury Valley Way, Windsor Muru Mittigar School Holiday Program 7 & 9 January. Dance workshop and face painting. 13 & 15 January. Painting and outdoor games. 21 & 24 January. Boomerang throwing and necklace making. Ph 4730 0400 Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Cntr Gate 1, 89-151 Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh Sassafras Creek Food and Design To 28 January. Where the River Runs - exhibition by Lizzy Newcomb. Every Saturday. The 14 yr old song bird, Katie Panucci live 6.30-9.30pm. Every Sunday. Latin jazz with Chiera. 83 Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong Australia Day with the Australian Gnome Convention 26 January A flag raising ceremony, 150 stalls, free on-stage entertainment for the whole family. Glenbrook Park, Glenbrook

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Australia Day in Springwood 26 January Music & Food Festival - a fund raising event supporting the local RFS. From 11am Springwood Public School Ph 4754 1797 Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery 7-10 January If you want to explore your creative side, enrol now in one of these special four-day courses. Ph 4751 1067 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge

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Garden Weaving Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens

Shakespeare at the Gallery 4-5 January Sport For Jove Theatre presents Much Ado About Nothing. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy outdoor theatre. Norman Lindsay Gallery, Faulconbridge The Leura Shakespeare Festival at Everglades 11-12 January A bold, passionate and imaginative season of Shakespeare from Sport for Jove Theatre. Plays for three weekends. Everglades Gardens, Leura Ph 9439 5683


The Leura Shakespeare Festival at Fairmont Resort 11-20 January Unravel and explore the mystery and mastery of Shakespeare's life and work with some of Australia's finest actors. Ph 47841938 1 Sublime Point Road, Leura Blue Mountains Cultural Centre To 5 January. Paul Kelly and The Portraits - a portrait of Kelly's performance career through photographs, multimedia and paintings. To 26 January. The Air Up There - explores the formative years of Blue Mountains tourism. To 26 January. Keepsake - plays with the parallels between the artist and the tourist. 30 Parke Street Katoomba Ph 4780 5410 The Blue Mountains Country Jamm for Genes 11 January A free outdoor concert in Carrington Place from 12 noon to 5pm featuring 12 country music stars. This is followed by the evening Gala event in the Grand Dining Room (tickets from The Carrington The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel 17-18 January Join in the fun to celebrate the 1950s with bands, stalls and other fun events. Ph 4782 1111 The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Wines of the West Festival 25-26 January Featured are wine exhibitors from the Mudgee and Orange regions. Ph 4782 1111 The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba Mount Tomah Botanic Garden 16 January. The Wollemi Warrior Adventure - for kids up to 12 years. 18 January. Bird Talk with Carol Proberts - see some of the birds that inhabit the Garden. To 31 January. Garden Weaving - an exhibition by Lanny Mackenzie. To 31 January. Blue Mountains Garden Safari - a self-guided adventure trail -kids up to 12 years. Every Friday. Aboriginal Heritage Tour. A 1.5hr botanic tour through the Garden. Ph 4567 3000 Australia Day Celebrations Lithgow 26 January Events will be held in Lithgow, Portland, Wallerawang and Capertee. Events in Lithgow's Queen Elizabeth Park include a free dusk concert including performances by the Fabulous Shapelles.

Lithgow Landscapes Exhibition 8 January- 2 February Looks at the urban, industrial and natural landscape of Lithgow through the eyes of artists. 10amñ4pm Wednesday - Sunday. Ph 6352 2132 Eskbank House, Cnr Inch and Bennett Sts The National Ladies Special Go Kart Event 26-27 January All ladies are welcome to participate in this special event just for the girls! Lithgow City Kart Raceway, Oakey Forest Road Holiday Time at Jenolan Caves! To 27 January Heaps of tours, including children's tours. Have you seen all the caves yet? There's always something new. Bookings Recommended! Ph 1300 653 408

Mudgee Swap Meet 18-19 January Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club Inc Mudgee swap meet. Ph 0438 229 774 Showground, Nicholson Street, Mudgee Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show 25-26 January From 8am A great weekend for motoring enthusiasts. On Saturday night there will be a live band, bucking bull and fireworks. Ph 6379 4066 Simpkins Park Sports Complex, Kandos Orange Regional Gallery To 5 January. Passing by the Tree, the skin of memory - Nathalie Hartog Gautier. To 5 January. Pattern Recognition - images of structure in the landscape by Richard Morecroft. 1 January - 2 February. Sustainable - 100km art exhibition. Ph 6393 8136 Byng St, Orange

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Monthly Markets Guide ROUSE HILL Organic Food and Farmers Market Rouse Hill Town Centre every Saturday 8am ­- 2pm in Market Square. HILLS HAWKESBURY Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers & Fine Food Market Castle Hill Showground. 2nd & 4th Saturdays 8am - 12pm Bilpin Markets District Hall, Bells Line of Road. Every Saturday 9am-3pm Windsor Mall Craft Markets Between Baker and Fitzgerald Sts. Every Sunday 8.30am - 4.00pm PENRITH Showground Markets Station Street. Every Wed 8.30am-1.30pm Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Fine Food Penrith - adj to Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, High St. 1st Saturday 8am-1pm Luddenham Country Fair Markets Hubertus Country Club, 205 Adams Rd. Last Sunday 8.30am-2pm Vicary’s Vineyard Craft Markets Northern Road, Luddenham. 2nd Sunday 9.30am-4pm Ropes Crossing Rotary Market Forrester Rd, St Marys. Last Sunday 9am-2pm Kingswood Food & Craft Market Kingswood High School, Bringelly Rd. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm Glenmore Park Monthly Market Community Cntr, Cnr Luttrell St & Town Terrace. Last Sunday. Nepean Seasonal Market Panthers carpark, 123 Mulgoa Rd. 2nd Saturday 9am-2pm BLUE MOUNTAINS Farmers & Fine Food Markets Glenbrook Infants School, Ross St. 1st Saturday

Glenbrook Rotary Markets Glenbrook Infants School, Ross St. 3rd Saturday 9am-2pm Faulconbridge Blue Gum Rotary Markets Public School, Great Western Hwy. 4th Saturday 9am-2pm Lawson Magpie Markets Lawson Public School, Great Western Hwy. 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm Grand View Markets Grand View Hotel, Wentworth Falls 2nd Sunday Leura Markets Leura Public School, Great Western Hwy. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm Leura Blue Mountains Market CWA Hall Megalong Street Leura Every Friday & 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am-4.30pm Katoomba Craft Market St Canice's Hall, 158 Katoomba Street. 2nd Sunday 9am-2pm Blackheath Growers Markets Community Hall, Great Western Hwy. 2nd Sunday Blackheath Craft Markets Community Hall, Great Western Hwy. 3rd Sunday 9am-2pm Blackheath Community Market Blackheath Public School Hall. 1st Sunday 9am-1pm Blackheath Markets RSL Hall 4th Sunday LITHGOW New Village Market Tony Luchetti Showground. 4th Sunday 9am till 1pm Capertee Markets Castlereagh Hwy. 3rd Sunday Portland Masonic Hall Markets Wolgan Street, 2nd Sunday 9am-2pm


Portland Tidy Town Markets Williewa St. 1st Sunday 9am-2pm OBERON Tablelands Way Farmers Markets St Barnabas Park, Oberon Street. 1st Saturday 8am-1pm BATHURST Farmers Markets Showground. 4th Saturday 8am-12am Family Markets Showground. 2nd Sunday 9am-1pm Macquarie Lions Flea Markets Berry Park. 1st Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm ORANGE Orange Region Farmers Market Showground, Leeds Pde. 2nd Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Rotary Sunday Markets Orange Central, Byng St. Sunday 8am-12am MUDGEE Church Markets St Johns Anglican Church, Church and Market Streets. 1st Saturday 9am-1pm Community Markets Lawson Park, cnr Church & Short Sts 2nd Saturday Farmers Markets St Marys Catholic Church, Market and Church Streets. 3rd Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Gulgong Markets Coronation Park. 4th Sat from 8.30am Artisan & Produce Markets Memorial Hall, Louee St Rylstone 2nd Saturday 9am -1.30 pm



Herons, Egrets & Bitterns Australian Little Bittern R Nankeen Night Heron R Cattle Egret R White-necked Heron U Great Egret R Intermediate Egret R

Stilts, Plovers, Waders, etc. Black-winged Stilt R Banded Lapwing R Masked Lapwing C Red-kneed Dotterel R Black-fronted Dotterel C Australian Painted Snipe R Latham’s Snipe R Common Greenshank R Sharp-tailed Sandpiper R

Frogmouths & Nightjars Tawny Frogmouth U White-throated Nightjar U Owls Sooty Owl R Australian Masked Owl R Eastern Barn Owl U Powerful Owl R Barking Owl U Southern Boobook C

Pardalotes Honeyeaters Yellow-faced Honeyeater C Singing Honeyeater R White-eared Honeyeater U Yellow-tufted Honeyeater C Fuscous Honeyeater C White-plumed Honeyeater C Lewin’s Honeyeater R Bell Miner U Noisy Miner C Blue-faced Honeyeater R Black-chinned Honeyeater U Brown-headed Honeyeater U White-naped Honeyeater C Little Friarbird R Noisy Friarbird C Striped Honeyeater U Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater U Red Wattlebird C Regent Honeyeater U Painted Honeyeater U Crescent Honeyeater R New Holland Honeyeater U White-cheeked Honeyeater R Eastern Spinebill U Black Honeyeater R Scarlet Honeyeater U Crimson Chat R

Sparrows & Finches House Sparrow U I Beautiful Firetail R Diamond Firetail C Red-browed Finch C Plum-headed Finch U Zebra Finch C

Fantails & Monarchs Willie Wagtail C Orioles Olive-backed Oriole C

Capertee Valley

Grebes Australasian Grebe C Hoary-headed Grebe R

Rails, Crakes & Water-hens Buff-banded Rail U Baillon’s Crake R Spotless Crake R Purple Swamphen U Dusky Moorhen C Black-tailed Native-hen R Eurasian Coot U

Ducks, Geese & Swans Black Swan R Australian Shelduck R Pink-eared Duck R Australian Wood Duck C Pacific Black Duck C Australasian Shoveler R Grey Teal U Chestnut Teal R Hardhead U Blue-billed Duck R Musk Duck R

Falcons Nankeen Kestrel C Australian Hobby U Brown Falcon C Black Falcon R Peregrine Falcon U

Quails Stubble Quail U Brown Quail C

Kites, Hawks & Eagles Square-tailed Kite R Black-shouldered Kite C Black Kite R Whistling Kite R White-bellied Sea-Eagle R Swamp Harrier R Spotted Harrier U Grey Goshawk R Brown Goshawk U Collared Sparrowhawk U Wedge-tailed Eagle C Little Eagle U

KEY: C = common in the valley; U = uncommon; R = rare in the valley; I = introduced

Cuckoos Eastern Koel U Channel-billed Cuckoo U Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo C Black-eared Cuckoo R Shining Bronze-Cuckoo C Pallid Cuckoo C Fan-tailed Cuckoo C Brush Cuckoo U Parrots & Lorikeets Rainbow Lorikeet R Musk Lorikeet U Little Lorikeet C Crimson Rosella U Eastern Rosella C Red-rumped Parrot C Turquoise Parrot U Swift Parrot R Budgerigar R Australian King-Parrot U Red-winged Parrot R

Cockatoos Glossy Black-Cockatoo U Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo U Gang-gang Cockatoo U Galah C Long-billed Corella R I Little Corella C Sulphur-crested Cockatoo C

Birds you may see in the Capertee Valley

Great Cormorant U Australasian Darter R

Crested Pigeon C Wonga Pigeon U Diamond Dove R Peaceful Dove C Bar-shouldered Dove U

Treecreepers White-throated Treecreeper U Red-browed Treecreeper R Brown Treecreeper C Bowerbirds Satin Bowerbird U Lyrebirds Superb Lyrebird U Sacred Kingfisher U Red-backed Kingfisher R Azure Kingfisher U Rainbow Bee-eater C

Acknowledgments and information Bird site:

Approximately 242 bird species have been recorded in the Capertee Valley. Many of the birds on this list are nomadic or migratory; they may be in the valley for only a few months each year.

Fairy-wrens Variegated Fairy-wren U Superb Fairy-wren C

Reporting bird sightings Regent Honeyeater hotline: phone 1800 621 056 Swift Parrot hotline: phone 1800 665 766

Flowerpeckers Mistletoebird C

Thrushes Bassian Thrush R Common Blackbird R I

Sittellas Varied Sittella U

Cuckoo-shrikes & Trillers Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike C White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike U Cicadabird U White-winged Triller U

Woodswallows White-breasted Woodswallow R Masked Woodswallow U White-browed Woodswallow C Dusky Woodswallow C Butcherbirds & allies Grey Butcherbird U Pied Butcherbird U Australian Magpie C Pied Currawong U Grey Currawong R Babblers, Whipbirds, etc. Grey-crowned Babbler U White-browed Babbler C Eastern Whipbird U Spotted Quail-thrush U Weebill C Brown Gerygone R Western Gerygone U White-throated Gerygone C Brown Thornbill U Buff-rumped Thornbill U Yellow-rumped Thornbill C Yellow Thornbill C Striated Thornbill U Southern Whiteface U

Starlings & Mynas Common Myna R I Common Starling C I

Swallows & Martins White-backed Swallow U Welcome Swallow C Fairy Martin C Tree Martin C White-eyes Silvereye C Larks, Cisticolas, Reed-Warblers, etc. Horsfield’s Bushlark U Golden-headed Cisticola U Australian Reed-Warbler U Tawny Grassbird R Little Grassbird R Rufous Songlark C Brown Songlark U Australian Robins Eastern Yellow Robin C Hooded Robin U Jacky Winter C Rose Robin U Flame Robin U Scarlet Robin U Red-capped Robin U Australian Mudnesters White-winged Chough C Ravens & Crows Little Raven U Australian Raven C

Capertee Valley is wider and longer than the USA’s Grand Canyon. The valley is Bird tours and information: recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the 50 top Birdlife Australia: woodland-birds-for-biodiversity birdwatching places in the world. Bicentennial National Trail: This scenic valley encompasses the hamlets of Glen Davis, This scenic valley encompasses of GlenCapertee Davis, Glen Alice, Bogee and is Glen Alice and Bogee and is surrounded the by thehamlets Wollemi, Valley information: Capertee and Gardens of Stone national parks and the surrounded by the Wollemi, Capertee and Gardens of Stone national parks and the Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. A diversity Download a PDF of this brochure: of habitats has resulted in a proliferation of bird species Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area. A diversity of habitats has resulted in a finding refuge here. Surrounded on all sides by spectacular Capertee Valley photos: sandstone of cliffs, the valley is in a transition zone where the proliferation bird species finding refuge here. Surrounded on all sides by spectacular forests of the Blue Mountains give way to the woodlands Fiona Lumsden wildlife artist: sandstone cliffs, theslopes. valley is in varies a transition of the NSW western Vegetation from semi- zone where the forests of the Blue Mountains Cover images: Dean Ingwersen & Chris Tzaros rainforest to open forest, grassy woodlands and farmland give way to theNotwoodlands the other NSW vegetation varies from semiAccommodation grasslands. as heavily clearedof as many ruralWestern slopes, areas, the valley retains large areas of the critically rainforest to open forest grassy woodlands and farmland grasslands. Not as heavily endangered White Box–Yellow Box–Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland and Derived Native Grassland. Many clearedGrassy as many other rural area, the valley retains large areas of the critically endangered woodland bird species, whose populations have fallen Contact us with suggestions Whitealarmingly Box-Yellow Box Blakely’ Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native elsewhere, remain relativelyscommon and Any suggestions or information that might improve this brochure would be appreciated. Please email easily seen here. Grassland. Many woodland bird species, whose populations have fallen alarmingly Regent Honeyeater tree planting elsewhere, remain relatively common and easily seen here. In recent years a prime conservation You have more chance of seeing a Regent been extending the habitat Beforefocus youhasset off... Part of the Valley’ s incharm is its comparative isolation. There are no Honeyeater the of the highly endangered Regent Capertee Valley than Honeyeater. Working with landholders cafes, no petrol stations, and depending on your service provider and service location, anywhere else in the and volunteers, the Capertee Valley world. Illustration: there may no mobile Regentbe Honeyeater Recovery phone Program coverage. Fiona Lumsden. has planted over 100,000 trees in the valley, on private property. A 2008 survey on the Bird Trail map are easily accessible. A small All 19 bird-watching sites shown found 86 species of birds in these planted sectionareas, of the route isbeing unsealed with six of these rare and/ but suitable for 2WD vehicle to visit Site 8. or endangered. Tree-planting weekends are held each spring and autumn and new volunteer tree-planters are always welcome; no experience necessary. For more information about volunteer tree-plantings in the Capertee Valley contact Birdlife Australia (Sydney office) on 02 9647 1033.

Button-quails Painted Button-quail C Red-chested Button-quail R Little Button-quail R

Whistlers & allies Crested Shrike-tit U Gilbert’s Whistler R Golden Whistler U Rufous Whistler C Grey Shrike-thrush C

Welcome to the Capertee Valley A nature based destination like no other Capertee Valley is within the traditional country of the Wiradjuri people. Located on the western edge of the Blue Mountains and only three hours travel from Sydney, it is the widest enclosed valley in the world – wider and longer than the USA’s Grand Canyon. The valley is recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and one of the 50 top birdwatching places in the world.

Ibises & Spoonbills Australian White Ibis U Straw-necked Ibis U Glossy Ibis R Royal Spoonbill U Yellow-billed Spoonbill U

Wiradjuri Country Capertee Valley | BOGEE | CAPERTEE | GLEN ALICE | GLEN DAVIS |

Map & Guide to Birdwatching To Hunter Valley & Newcastle via Bylong

To Mudgee

Rylstone Kandos To Bathurst Bogee


Glen Alice

Capertee Valley

Glen Davis


Castlereagh Highway

Lithgow To Canberra via Oberon

Bells Line of Road

To Sydney Katoomba

Great Western Highway

To find out more about your national parks visit the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre,

of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, 2780. Open 7 days (except Christmas day) See the link end 9.00am to 4.30pm; T (02) 4787 8877; for the bird brochure, ((c) Capertee Valley Alliance.) CAPERTEE VALLEY

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